Steven Schumacher has confirmed that Norwich City's recall option on Bali Mumba has expired, meaning the right-back will now remain at Home Park for the remainder of the campaign. 

Norwich did consider whether to recall the young full-back this month, but David Wagner revealed earlier this month they would only do so if they could guarantee him game time. 

Now, the recall option inserted in his season-long loan move to the League One promotion challengers has expired, according to Schumacher speaking to the Plymouth Herald following their 4-2 victory over Cheltenham Town. 

Mumba has impressed during his loan in Devon, once again being named player of the match for his contribution in Saturday's win that moved Argyle 10 points clear of third-placed Ipswich at the top of the League One table. 

The City defender has become an integral part of Schumacher's side since joining on loan in the summer, making 25 starts and scoring five goals for the club. Confirmation of Mumba's stay at Home Park serves as a boost to their push for promotion. 

Norwich are well covered in the position with Max Aarons supported by Jacob Sorensen, who has returned from injury, whilst Sam Byram is set for a spell on the sidelines. 

Earlier this month, Wagner played down suggestions that City would opt to recall the 21-year-old amid his impressive campaign for Plymouth. 

"Obviously his name has been mentioned and I’ve seen some clips of him as well. At the minute my first impression of our full backs is good, is very good," Wagner said earlier this month.

The Pink Un: Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher has confirmed Bali Mumba can no longer be recalled by Norwich City.Plymouth boss Steven Schumacher has confirmed Bali Mumba can no longer be recalled by Norwich City. (Image: PA Images)

"It only makes sense if we call him back that he gets the game time. If he can't get it with us for the second half of the season then we have to make sure to think about would recalling him be the right move?

"Or should he progress how he has done so far, and he has done great. More minutes, more good games, maybe winning a promotion as well, which is always crucial for a young lad.

"So we will think about this and especially Stuart (Webber, Norwich's sporting director) will make a good and smart decision on him as well."