Leeds United's board are reportedly reluctant to see Neil Redfearn select Mirko Antenucci as he closes in on a contract clause.
Leeds' board are reportedly wary that Antenucci is close to activating a clause in his contract which means they would have to offer him an extension to his current deal at Elland Road.
Antenucci has it written into his contract that he will automatically receive fresh terms if he nets 12 goals this season and, with his total currently standing at 10, Leeds have intervened.
The club do not want to run the risk of activating the clause, which could apparently cost them up to £1 million, and they are reluctant to see Redfearn select the Italian forward.
That is a bitter blow for Redfearn to take, as Antenucci has been one of Leeds’ stand-out attacking threats throughout the season so far.
Although the 30-year-old has not started as many games as he would have hoped, his clinical finishing is an obvious weapon and Leeds will miss that ability if he is unavailable.
The news comes in what has been a dramatic day at Leeds. Redfearn has already seen his assistant manager Steve Thompson placed under suspension – as announced on the club’s official website - and the Telegraph say that the Whites boss is now considering his future at Elland Road.