Arsenal have recalled Zech Medley and Trae Coyle from their loan spells at Gillingham, with the pair set to return to London Colney within the next 24 hours.
Gillingham manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Kent that he expects Medley and Coyle to return to Arsenal despite both players having initially joined the League One club on loan for the season.
Medley featured prominently earlier in the campaign before an injury halted his progress, while Coyle has mainly been used as a substitute.
It is expected that both players could be loaned out again shortly, with Arsenal eager for them to gain further experience of senior football.
Arsenal will also soon have to make decisions on several other youngsters who see their loan spells expire this month.
Harry Clarke’s spell at Oldham Athletic is likely to be extended, with the centre-back having made 14 appearances in League Two, during which he has often impressed.
James Olayinka, meanwhile, has caught the eye in a struggling Southend United side. The midfielder has often been the driving force for his temporary team, and they will be eager to keep him.
Goalkeeper Tom Smith is second choice for non-league side Dover Athletic, who have seen many of their recent games called off.
Another shot-stopper, Deyan Iliev, has barely featured on loan at Shrewsbury Town and is likely to return to Arsenal. Iliev, who will turn 26 next month, has continued to endure much misfortune with injuries.
Another player who has struggled on the injury front is Jordi Osei-Tutu, who is on loan at Cardiff City. The right-back hasn’t played since October but it is anticipated that he will be back in action soon. He is on loan at Cardiff for the rest of the campaign.
The following players are also on season-long loans. Matt Smith has often excelled in midfield for Swindon Town – he has two goals and three assists, while he has created plenty of chances.
Ben Sheaf, one of Arsenal’s more experienced youngsters, is on loan at Coventry and is nearing a permanent switch to the Championship side, who have to buy the midfielder if he makes a certain amount of appearances.
Mark McGuinness is relishing the challenge on loan at Ipswich Town, although his temporary side haven’t played much recently with many games being postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.
Daniel Ballard, meanwhile, has been a regular in the Blackpool side of late, with his loan spell having recently been extended until the end of the season.
Finally, Tyreece John-Jules is back from injury and has done well for Doncaster Rovers recently – he will be looking to add to his tally of three goals in ten League One appearances.