Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has been ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in his groin.
The Republic of Ireland international suffered the injury in training, and is expected to be sidelined for the next 10 weeks.
McGoldrick, 30, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and would be allowed to leave Portman Road on a free transfer if he decides against signing a new deal.
“It’s a difficult one when you’re nearing the end of your contract and you’re injured,” manager Mick McCarthy said.
“It’s open for both parties so it’s down to Didz and the Club to have a chat and we’ll see what happens.
“He needs to get his injury sorted first and then him and his representatives will see what the situation is.”
Midfielder Luke Hyam is another player who is nearing the end of his current contract, and McCarthy has hinted that he will have to prove his fitness if he's to extend his stay in Suffolk.
“Now he (Hyam) just has to play games. It’s hard for a club to decide on a contract when a player has been out for 18 months," said McCarthy.
"I’m sure Luke would like it sorted as soon as possible but play games first and the rest will take care of itself.”