Cardiff City club captain Sean Morrison looks set to leave at the end of the current season once his current contract expires in June this year.
The 31-year-old suffered a career-threatening knee injury during his 19th appearance of the season as The Bluebirds won a crucial relegation battle at fellow strugglers Barnsley.
Many City supporters feel that Morrison has passed his best and that this could be his final season regardless of his ACL injury.
Cardiff’s manager is considering his options and suggests that the club could offer a new contract due to his skipper’s significant influence in the dressing room.
However, it would likely be a shorter-term deal on a lower salary due to the seriousness of the injury and the player’s age.
The Cardiff City manager said: “It’s football, unfortunately. Normally they are very innocuous, those kinds of things.
“He didn’t come in the first day after it, but he came in Saturday before we left for Liverpool and has been in every day since and is very much part of what we are doing.
“It’s a nine-month injury, and we will have to assess things as we go along,” said Cardiff boss Morison.
“He is still captain of this football club, and he will be a positive influence around the place.
“I told him yesterday I will, and I have spoken to the board, so we will see what that looks like for him going forward.
“When we know something, and a decision is made, we will communicate that to everyone else.”
Morrison, who signed from Reading in 2014, will be hoping for a speedy recovery and a new contract after playing nearly 300 matches for the Welsh club.