Despite confirming the midfielder is still “a few weeks away” from making a return to action, Heckingbottom told The Star that his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers have indicated they are happy for him to spend the remainder of the campaign in South Yorkshire once he recovers from injury.
Gibbs-White returned to the Midlands for treatment on the knee problem he sustained during United’s victory over Fulham last month when the extent of the damage became apparent.
Revealing he has been in “constant” dialogue with Wolves about the 21-year-old, Heckingbottom said: “As it stands, as things stand, everyone is happy for things to stay as they are. We’re open about it (the situation). We’re in constant communication with them about Morgan.”
However, he will miss the return fixture with Darren Ferguson’s side at London Road this weekend.
United, who have prepared for the match in 12th, will also be without Ben Davies and Luke Freeman while Jack O’Connell remains a long term absentee. Peterborough are 22nd.
“Morgan is still doing his rehab,” Heckingbottom said. “We’d like to get him back here, back out on the grass with us, as quickly as possible. Hopefully that will be the case if everything remains on schedule and it goes without saying that we’re hoping it does.”