Barnsley are preparing to take legal action against Sheffield United regarding an injury suffered by Iain Hume.
The Tykes striker sustained a fractured skull during a Championship contest with the Blades in November and has been out of action ever since.
He was caught by a stray elbow from Chris Morgan and has required lengthy treatment in order to keep his professional career on track.
His absence from the Barnsley side has come as a major blow to boss Simon Davey, with the Tykes having found themselves battling against the drop for much of the campaign.
Their second tier status is not yet secure and they will enter a final day showdown with Plymouth knowing they need to take at least a point from Home Park to be certain of survival.
However, once the season reaches its conclusion this weekend, Barnsley will then turn their attention to a compensation claim against Sheffield United.
Club owner Patrick Cryne has confirmed that action will be taken against the Bramall Lane outfit, regardless of whether the Reds slip into League One or not.
"We are looking at the legal hurdles in the way of seeking to recover damages from Sheffield United. Our action will not be dependent on whether we are relegated," Cryne says.
"Our argument is, simply, that we paid a lot of money for Iain Hume in transfer fee and wages and we have lost his services through a violent, reckless, or intentional act.
"His loss to Barnsley FC had a serious impact on our season."