The future of striker Benik Afobe appears to remain firmly up in the air.
Afobe is currently working his way back towards full fitness after a cruciate knee ligament injury, and may yet turn out for Bristol City before the end of the season.
Speaking at last night’s fans’ forum at the bet365 Stadium, Scholes stated: “He’s not a done deal.
“Obviously he picked up his injury, which was a great shame for him, a shame for Bristol City and a shame for Stoke City as well.
“But no, it’s not a done deal. Obviously Benik is back in training and the loan to Bristol City is still in place.
“If he gets back fit and gets back match fit, then he’s an option for them, not for us.
“The loan expires at the end of June and as things stand at the moment he returns to us.”
Afobe struggled to justify the hype surrounding his £12m move to Stoke in the summer of 2018 when he was signed by then manager Gary Rowett.
He netted eight league goals in 32 starts and 13 sub appearances and then played in the opening game of the current campaign under Nathan Jones before being shipped out to Bristol City.
He was enjoying an upsurge in form – scoring three goals in five appearances – before then suffered his cruciate knee ligament injury.
He and his family were later struck by the tragic loss of their two year-old daughter Amora.