Vancouver Whitecaps have placed Carlyle Mitchell's proposed loan to FC Edmonton on hold following the injury to Jay DeMerit.

The 25-year old Trinidad & Tobago international was set to spend time with the NASL club but has had his loan delayed after Whitecaps skipper DeMerit sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in the weekend's week one victory over Toronto FC.

"I think there's still a chance that (loan) might be possible," Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie said in a TEAM 1410 radio interview. "But right now, obviously we need to have Carlyle here."

DeMerit's injury leaves Rennie with just four fit centre-backs - Brad Rusin, Andy O'Brien, Johnny Leveron and Mitchell - forcing the Whitecaps boss to postpone the latter's temporary shift away from BC Place.

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