Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has admitted he is uncertain about the future of Alan Tate following the defender's loan move to Leeds.
Tate has made 325 appearances for the Swans and recently celebrated a decade at the club before dropping down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium.
The 30-year-old made an impressive debut for Neil Warnock's Championship outfit in their home victory against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
And now Laudrup is unsure whether Tate's loan stint will turn into a permanent transfer at the start of January.
"I don't know whether that might happen," Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post.
"I just heard a couple of days before Alan left that Leeds was a possibility, and he said he wanted to go and play some games.
"I agreed with him that he needs to play, 100 per cent.
"We have five players in his position now that Kyle (Bartley) is back - two of them can play, one can sit on the bench and then two more will be in the stand - so I think it was a good decision by Alan to go and play some football.
"Now we will see what happens, but whether it is going to be a permanent deal depends on a lot of factors.
"You never know what can happen here - we have seen already this season that we can have problems and suddenly be down to only two centre-backs.
"I really don't know what will happen - let's see."