Fulham remain determined to sign Moritz Volz permanently but fear Arsenal may recall the German full back from his loan spell to cover for suspensions.
Volz made the short hop across the capital prior to the start of the season to join Fulham on a loan deal until the end of December.
The 20-year-old has impressed Fulham boss Chris Coleman, who is keen to thrash out a permanent deal with Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger.
One stumbling block for Coleman could be persuading Volz to stay at Loftus Road as the youngster believes he is now ready to break into the Arsenal team after accruing Premiership experience with Fulham.
Wenger has also stated that he plans to have the German back in the Gunners fold once Volz’s loan stint expires.
But with Arsenal’s regular right back Lauren facing a four-match suspension, there is also the danger that Wenger will want Volz back at Highbury within the next few weeks.
Coleman has yet to hear from The Gunners and is still striving to arrange a permanent deal for Volz.
“We hope they don’t want him back,” said Coleman. “We have not had any phone calls yet.
“Moritz has done very well. Hopefully, we can do something permanent.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed.”