Birmingham City have confirmed that Jermaine Pennant’s loan deal from Arsenal had been put “on hold” for the time being.

The former England Under-21 midfielder was charged with drink driving on Monday and faces a possible prison sentence because he was already banned from driving for a similar offence.

“The position is presently on hold and will be reviewed shortly. Whilst Birmingham City wants to loan Jermaine Pennant and both Arsenal and the player wish this to happen, Jermaine Pennant’s present circumstances are such that a loan agreement cannot be signed at the present time,” the statement said.

Birmingham said they hoped the situation would be resolved before the end of the transfer window next Monday.

Pennant was bailed to appear in court at Aylesbury next Tuesday after Buckinghamshire police arrested him on Sunday for crashing a Mercedes into a lamp post.