Alberto Aquilani should know by the end of the month whether he has a future at Liverpool or whether he is free to move on.
The Italy international had hoped that a season-long loan spell at AC Milan would lead to a permanent deal this summer.
He has, however, failed to make enough appearances to trigger a £5million buyout clause.
Aquilani has made no secret of his desire to remain with the Rossoneri having struggled to settle in England, but Milan have offered no indication that they will be making a move.
The 27-year-old now finds himself in footballing limbo, with there still two years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
His representative claims it is still possible that a move will be pushed through before Liverpool return to pre-season training in July, and he is hoping to know more by the end of May.
"If he hadn't have picked up an injury then he would have certainly made the 25 appearances necessary," agent Franco Zavagli said in the Liverpool Echo.
"That would have resolved a lot of the problems. We still haven't spoken to Milan and I think we will get a clearer understanding of the situation in about 10 days.
"Alberto wants to stay in Milan, but he has two years left on his Liverpool contract and we'll need to see what they think about it."