Colorado Rapids have told Premiership outfit Aston Villa they expect Omar Cummings trial to end before the start of their league campaign, which begins in mid-March. The Jamaica international striker could earn a loan deal if the player impresses boss Gerard Houllier over the coming weeks.
But Rapids head coach Gary Smith insists the player will be back in the United States in time for their 19th March opener against Portland.
"Aston Villa will take a little look and we'll then see if that turns into a loan period," Smith told the Birmingham Mail.
"My involvement will be if he's on trial and it turns into something more substantial. Then, he must be back for that first game.
"I was a little surprised when I first heard about it, but that is what you have to expect. That is any agent's job to throw out a few bits of bait and get their client under peoples' noses."