MCSHEFFREY TO REMAIN A RED
Alex McLeish has confirmed that Gary McSheffrey will remain on loan at Nottingham Forest until the end of the season, despite incorrect press reports to the contrary.
The Blues winger moved to the City Ground at the start of March but has not figured in Billy Davis's plans as much as he would have hoped.
He has made just four appearances for the Championship outfit, with his last start coming in the Reds' 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves last month.
Consequently McSheffrey has decided to have a minor operation on his knee, which he planned to hold off until the summer.
"He's not come back," said McLeish speaking this afternoon.
"We have a two month agreement with Forest.
"When Billy (Davies) left him out of things last week, Gary decided he wanted to get his knee tidied up for the start of next season.
"I told him that he'd have to ask Billy's permission for that because he still comes under forest's jurisdiction and he did and Billy backed him on it and gave him the green light.
"He's probably seen Billy edging him out of the Forest side and he's maybe feeling that he's not giving his best and he wants to get this done."
McLeish continued: "You do loan deals in good faith.
"Billy phoned me last week and I was going to speak to the agent with a view to maybe shifting him on to somewhere else but realised that of course all the activity has stopped."
"I did say to Billy that we had everybody back from injury and it would be tough for Gary to get back into the team and Gary felt that he wanted to go in advance of the close season."