Manchester United were dealt a blow earlier this week when it was revealed Marouane Fellaini was delaying surgery on his wrist injury so he could participate in Belgium's final two World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales.
It was reported that Fellaini could be out until December if the problem is as serious as first thought.
That would mean Manchester United boss David Moyes would be left with Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Ryan Giggs as the only central midfielders at his disposal.
Moyes, who is looking to strengthen his midfield options in the January transfer window, would not be satisfied with having only four out and out midfielders to choose from.
First choice midfielder Carrick cannot play every game and Cleverley still remains incredibly consistent.
Carrick and Cleverley's understudies - in Anderson and Ryan Giggs - are not exactly banging on Moyes' door for a first team start, with the former failing to impress when given the chance to shine and the latter being used sporadically.
That leaves Moyes with one other option if Fellaini is ruled out until December and that is to recall Nick Powell from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic.
The Red Devils starlet has been in impressive form for Owen Coyle's side - scoring three goals in seven games since agreeing to join the Championship side.
Powell - who is also capable of playing in attack - would provide Moyes with another option which will be needed during the festive period as United could face up to nine games in December.
The 19-year-old may have to be drafted back into United's set up if Fellaini is on the sidelines for a while and Powell would surely jump at the chance of being able to show Moyes what he can do - even if it is only on a short-term basis.