Manager John Hughes admits time is running out on Abdessalam Benjelloun's Hibernian career.
Benjelloun had been expected back at Hibs following the conclusion of his loan with Roeselare, but reported passport and visa problems have delayed his return.
The 24-year-old Morocco international still has 12 months left on his contract and Hughes had conceded he would be willing to give him a second chance to make a name for himself in Scotland.
However, as he is already three weeks behind his team-mates with regards to pre-season training, Hughes believes a time will come when he starts planning for the new season without the striker.
"Benji has to have to want to come back here, he has to be in the right frame of mind - but now there are all these rumblings," Hughes told the Scotsman.
"It would be a disappointment if he doesn't return because he is a talented boy. Time is running out for him. I have to be fair to the rest of the squad who are in here working hard.
"Eventually you have to say enough is enough and move on. No-one is bigger than the club, the club comes first and if it is not Benji it will be someone else.
"There will be a lot of comings and goings between now and the start of the season and over the next year until I have my stamp on things. I want to bring in players, good professionals who are hungry and have the desire to succeed."