Any Melbourne Victory second coming for striker Danny Allsopp will have to wait at least another week.
While the Victory are circling to bring Allsopp back to the A-League should his Qatar club Al-Rayyan decide he is surplus to requirements, Melbourne confirmed on Thursday there was still no progress on a possible return.
That means Allsopp would not be eligible to play for the Victory in their important A-League clash with Perth Glory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday regardless of what happens before the weekend.
The Victory said this week they would be "very interested" in re-signing Allsopp should he be available from the Middle East club they sold him to just four months ago.
Al-Rayyan have taken back Oman international striker Emad Al Hosni, who had been on loan at Belgian club Charleroi, which has left Allsopp potentially out on a limb.
But Allsopp is likely to be on the hit-list of several A-League clubs, with Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar just two in need of a proven striker.
New club Melbourne Heart could also provide a good fit for the bustling Victorian striker should he be on the move.
The Victory are entering a critical phase of their season following two insipid defeats against North Queensland and Newcastle either side of the New Year break.
Melbourne now have a stretch of three home matches in 10 days - against Perth, Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix.
The Victory have also slipped to third place on the table after Gold Coast's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday night allowed them to leapfrog the Victory.