The Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has not ruled out a return to his squad for Sam Hutchinson.
Hutchinson last appeared in the 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers last month, but is not thought to be injured.
In his absence, Wednesday have failed to win in four successive matches, three of which were against bottom-three clubs.
And asked after the latest of those, a 1-0 defeat at Luton Town, if the likes of Hutchinson could be recalled in the coming weeks and months, Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield: “No (they are not done at Wednesday). We’ll see.
“I make decisions. There’s things you make decisions for. Not just football – other things. Lots of things go on in squads. At this moment in time, there’s the squad and I pick the squad to try and win games. I try and send them out with some confidence and belief to win games and I’ll continue to do that whoever I pick.”
When pressed as to whether there has been a falling out with the long-serving Owls midfielder, Monk replied: “Every player in the squad knows where they stand. I’m very honest. I speak to all of them. Every player knows where they stand.”
Hutchinson, whose name was sung by some fans at Luton, is one of several Sheffield Wednesday players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the season, along with Morgan Fox, Joey Pelupessy, Kieran Lee, Fernando Forestieri, Sam Winnall, Atdhe Nuhiu and Steven Fletcher.
The five loanees, Connor Wickham, Josh Windass, Alessio da Cruz, Jacob Murphy and David Bates, are all due back at their parent clubs then too.
And it is possible that several of those, including Hutchinson, who arrived at Hillsborough from Chelsea in 2014, have played their final game for the club.
Fox, who has missed the past three games through injury, is in talks with the club about an extension.