Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Coventry City goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos is disappointed at not being able to extend his loan stay at Swansea City.
The Greek shot stopper agreed to extend his month's stay until the end of the season but he was unable to do so before the transfer window's 5pm deadline.
He was travelling back to Coventry to sign the forms but he was stuck in snow, meaning he didn't get back in time to sign the required papers.
Both clubs contacted the Football League in the hope that an extension to the loan could be sorted out, but this was rejected.
Konstantopoulos can now only join another club on emergency loan, not the Swans, because of the 93-day rule, which states a player can only be on emergency loan for 93 days at one club in one season.
This leaves Martinez with just one goalkeeper once again and unfortunately he'll have to look elsewhere for cover for Dorus de Vries.
Konstantopoulos put in another superb performance in the FA Cup win over Portsmouth, keeping a clean sheet at Fratton Park.
Dimi would have fancied his chances at playing again in the competition, as next week we host Fulham in the 5th round.
He'll miss out though, and he showed his disappointment at not being able to extend his stay in South Wales:
'I'm very disappointed,'
'The M6 was closed because of the bad weather last Monday which meant my journey to Coventry's ground took two and a half hours longer than it should have done.
'If it hadn't been for the weather, I would have got there well before 5pm and been able to sign.
'I expected the Football League to see that and be lenient so it's disappointing for me that they haven't.
'Both clubs had agreed everything and I wanted to come back, but now I'm back at Coventry and maybe I'll think about going somewhere else when the loan window reopens.'
'I enjoyed my time with Swansea,'
'The lads were brilliant, the fans supported me and the team played good football. Everything was positive so maybe I could come back in the summer.
'That is a long time away, though, so we'll just have to see what happens.'
'I think with a bit of luck, this can be a great season for Swansea,' added the 30-year-old. 'The lads have done tremendously well while I've been at the club and, from what I've seen, they have nothing to fear in the Championship.'
Roberto Martinez may well look to sign Konstantopoulos permanently at the end of the season.
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
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