Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce says injured striker Andy Cole still has a future at Eastlands.
The 34-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season after needing a second operation to treat damaged ligaments in his knee.
The former Newcastle United and Manchester United hit-man signed a one-year deal with City when he joined from Fulham last summer.
Despite being unavailable for the rest of the season, Pearce says Cole's knee injury will not hamper his chances of receiving a new contract.
"There is no long-term problem with his knee," Pearce said of Cole's knee injury. "He had a cartilage problem and had that operated on.
"It didn't settle down as quickly as we liked, so the surgeon looked again.
"But there has never been any doubt in my eyes we should go ahead with the offer of a new contract.
"He has been an important player and Monday's defeat to West Ham highlighted we are pretty short on options."
Pearce also confirmed that the club have opened contract talks with defender Richard Dunne.
The Republic of Ireland international has been a key player in Pearce's squad this season, with the manager trying to secure some of his players to new deals.
With goalkeeper Nicky Weaver already agreeing to fresh terms with City, Pearce is hoping Dunne will be one of the next players to commit his future to the club.
"The majority of them are coming along," Pearce added to the City's official website.
"We are very, very hopeful with Sylvain that there will be a resolution soon.
"Richard Dunne has opened contract negotiations this week and we are waiting on Micah Richards's agent, so that's on-going and they're all coming along nicely at the moment.
"We've agreed a contract with Nicky Weaver, it is just a case of him signing it."