Harry Redknapp admits he is yet to make a decision on Jonathan Woodgate's future at Tottenham.
The centre-half has endured an injury-ravaged career and has seen a succession of problems keep him on the sidelines during his time at White Hart Lane.
His ability to perform at the highest level has never been in question, having turned out for Leeds, Newcastle and Real Madrid in the past and won eight caps for England.
He has, however, been unable to keep himself off the treatment table for long periods and at the age of 31, it could be argued that he will struggle to reproduce the form he once showed.
Redknapp is currently mulling over that quandary, as he contemplates whether or not to offer Woodgate an extension to his current contract.
He has hinted that a deal may not materialise, with Spurs already carrying one injury-prone centre-half in the form of club captain Ledley King.
"This is Jonathan's last year. He hasn't played for two years and I have to speak to Jonathan but it is going to be difficult," said Redknapp.
"Ledley has got another year. The problem for him is he has a chronic knee injury but it is not the knee which has been the problem - although it stops him training - it's been a groin injury.
"Now it is whether he has an operation or whether we try to nurse him - I don't know what the answer is going to be."