Alan Pardew is considering ending Cheik Tiote's season early in order to avoid a further suspension.
The Newcastle midfielder has enjoyed a successful debut campaign in England, but has struggled at times to rein in his combative instincts.
He has picked up a record-equalling 14 yellow cards, putting him one away from a three-match ban.
The Ivory Coast international has already missed six games through suspension this season, one for reaching five bookings, two more for reaching 10 and an additional three for a sending off against Stevenage in the FA Cup.
Another caution this season and he would carry a ban over into the 2011/12 campaign, ruling him out of Newcastle's early fixtures.
Pardew is keen to avoid such an occurrence and admits that he may take Tiote out of the spotlight for the Magpies' remaining two games against Chelsea and West Brom.
He said: "I am going to have to give that some real thought over Chelsea and West Brom, I really am."
Tiote made it to 16th October before collecting his first booking, but has had his name taken by match officials on a regular basis since then.
His last caution came against Birmingham, leaving him walking a suspension tightrope, but Pardew believes his yellow card for a trip on Matt Derbyshire was overly harsh.
He said: "He was so unlucky. He was so controlled, he was great, and that booking, you could see what it meant to him. He knew he was on the edge of a cliff.
"His tackling is usually well-timed, but he is aggressive and he just needs to tone that down a bit.
"I will look at all the bookings through the summer with him, all 14, and make him understand that four or five of those definitely shouldn't be happening."