Leeds manager Uwe Rosler has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he took Billy Sharp out of the squad as speculation continues over his future.
Sharp, 29, is over in Austria with the rest of the Leeds for their pre-season training camp, but was bizarrely omitted from the squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday evening.
With Chris Wood and Lee Erwin signed earlier this summer, Sharp's future looks bleak at Elland Road, just one year after arriving from Southampton - and speculation has been rife over his future.
Reports from the Sheffield Star suggest that Sheffield United are close to unveiling Sharp as their new signing, with Sharp close to manager Nigel Adkins having played under him for three different clubs.
Leeds boss Rosler has given some credence to those reports by omitting Sharp from the team to face Eintracht Frankfurt, and the German told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the striker was not injured, but was just 'taken out of the group'.
"No, he’s got no problem. We took him out of the group," said Rosler. "I think every player who is here at the training camp has a role to play with Leeds United," he added.
Given the lack of first team football Sharp will play next season, it's certainly the right decision for the striker to move on and play on a regular basis for a club that have already helped shape his career in Sheffield United.
Under Adkins, Sharp can thrive once again, and take another wage of Leeds' bill - releasing funds for Rosler to spend on other areas of the Leeds side.