Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has hinted that both Cristian Riveros and Marcos Angeleri have futures at the Stadium of Light.
The South American pair have been major disappointments in their debut seasons in the Premier League and have barely featured.
Angeleri, a £2million summer signing from Estudiantes, has been suffering from a knee injury since pre-season and it had been reported that Sunderland had decided to pay up his contract.
But Bruce said of the Argentine defender in the Daily Star: "He's not been fit since he was injured in the pre-season game against Benfica, which is a shame.
"Hopefully, he can now get it resolved."
Meanwhile, Paraguayan Riveros has only made six starts despite remaining injury-free, having joined the Black Cats after an impressive World Cup last summer.
Bruce said: "As far as Marcos and Cristian go, we'll just wait and see.
"Both could come back next season and do a good job for us."