Nottingham Forest are looking to hold urgent discussions with Andy Cole regarding his future at the club.
The 37-year-old former England international did not travel with the rest of the Reds squad for Tuesday's crucial 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace.
He is believed to have grown restless at a lack of opportunities at the City Ground following his summer arrival, with speculation suggesting he is ready to hang up his boots.
Forest boss Colin Calderwood has been quick to play down any retirement talk, but admits that the veteran striker has become disillusioned of late.
"We need to speak to him," Calderwood told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"The fact that we have people returning makes it more difficult for him to get in and around the team.
"We will have a talk between ourselves, rather than talking in the media. Unfortunately it has been in the media already.
"Any comments we make will be bland and vague, because it is important that we talk to the player and get an idea of his feelings.
"It is a football decision. It was important for us to take the spotlight off that story and our performance (at Palace) has probably done that."