Reading striker Jason Roberts looks set to announce the end of his professional career after losing his battle to recover from a hip injury.
Roberts has not featured at any level for Reading this season, with his last appearance coming back in December 2012.
Since that 1-0 defeat to Southampton, Roberts has attempted to defy the hip injury but it appears the 36-year-old is ready to admit defeat.
The Reading Post claims the striker has been told to call time on his 17-year career due to the persistent nature of his injury.
"Jason has had a further consultation this week," an official spokesman for the club said.
"Now we await a further written report which is due next week and a decision will be made on the basis of that report."
Since sustaining the blow, Roberts has made several attempts to return to first team action and was recently quoted as saying: "I've had six or seven opportunities to try and come back and not made it through two or three training sessions.
"I've had an operation, steroid injections, time abroad. We've done everything we possibly can.
"We just haven't been able to get it to a point where I'm fit enough to play yet. It's really frustrating.
"I've never really been injured before, but I think when you go through something like this at my age, you start to really question how much longer you can go on."
Roberts moved to the Madejski Stadium at the start of 2012 from Blackburn Rovers and played a pivotal role in the Royals' promotion to the Premier League.
Prior to his spell at Ewood Park, Roberts netted on debut for Bristol City and added a further five goals as Brian McDermott's side went on a memorable run to lift the Championship title.
"It was a fantastic time in my career," he said. "To achieve what we did and to get to the Premier League was, in my opinion, one of the biggest achievements of my career."