Brentford winger Jota has been able to make progress on resolving the personal issues that led to his return to Eibar on loan in January.
The Spaniard, who suffered an injury caused by Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Douglas' heavy challenge, was having difficulties in London which could only be resolved by being in his homeland.
And Jota has been able to make progress on those issues, while impressing for the club he was on loan at before moving to Brentford.
The Bees can recall the popular winger in the summer or during any transfer window but it appears unlikely that Jota will be returning to Griffin Park as a player in 2016.
Smith added: “I don't think we'd recall him at the moment. I believe he needs more time but it's an issue that has been out of my hands to be honest.”
Jota made 46 appearances in all competitions for Brentford last season, scoring 12 goals including two last minute strikes against Fulham.
This season, because of injury, the 24-year-old was limited to just five appearances for the Bees and he had a goal, wrongly, ruled out for offside during the Bees' 2-2 draw with Fulham.
He marked his departure from Brentford with an emotional 'see you later' message to the Bees fans.