Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has asked the FA to postpone the deadline for his official response to the charges they levelled at him last week regarding a breach of betting rules.
The breach is alleged to have happened during the most recent January transfer window, when Sturridge left Merseyside for West Bromwich Albion on loan. The charges relate to the releasing of information "obtained by virtue of his position" and the kind that "is not publicly available."
The Englishman had been given until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday evening to respond to the FA's allegations. But, as reported by the Daily Mail, the forward asked for an extension to this deadline, and it is understood that the governing body are likely to grant it to him.
What is still unknown is the amount of additional time Sturridge has requested, and therefore how much he will be given. However, whatever the date, he will at that point be forced to inform the FA of his stance on the charges, and whether he will accept or contest them.
In situations of this kind, the Football Association do have the right to hand the Liverpool player a temporary suspension, should they deem his presence on the pitch a threat to the integrity of the game.
But, as it stands, the FA are not looking to exert such power, and the forward should be available to be in Jurgen Klopp's reckoning for the Reds trip to Vicarage Road in their Premier League clash with Watford this weekend.