Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has confirmed that the club are not about to open contract talks with Craig Gordon.
The 28-year-old Scotland international is out of contract next year, having arrived in 2007 on a five-year deal from Hearts.
But Gordon has seen injuries curtail his appearances and he played just 15 games for the Black Cats this season.
He is currently out with a knee tendon problem, which will mean he misses pre-season and Bruce admits he cannot do much in that situation.
"We can't go into negotiations now with someone who has had a serious knee operation," said Bruce.
"That is the way football is and I think he understands. He is not going to do pre-season again this summer.
"The lesson I have learned is I can't take the risk. I have got to find another goalkeeper. I need to try and bring in someone else.
"Craig has to get back fit and give us the problem then."
On the back of a question mark over Gordon's future, Sunderland are being very strongly linked with Keiren Westwood.
The Republic of Ireland international is out of contract at Championship Coventry and is available on a Bosman transfer.