The winger is currently on-loan at Leeds United.
‚ÄúThe reason Jerome went out was to get games under his belt,‚ÄĚ said Downing.
‚ÄúSteve found he couldn‚Äôt give that regularity of games so we wanted him to go out and get some football.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a case of go out and play as much as you can over the Christmas period and prove your fitness.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not shutting the door at all on Jerome."