Michael Brown is set to be missing from the Portsmouth team sheet when they travel to Leeds.
The midfielder, who played in the Boxing Day draw against Millwall, will trigger an appearance-related contract extension if he makes one more appearance.
The cash-strapped club say they cannot afford the new deal so unless a resolution is reached, Brown finds himself in limbo.
Fellow midfielder Richard Hughes was left out on Sunday as he will be in the same boat after his next appearance, which could now come at Elland Road.
Beleaguered boss Steve Cotterill cannot even call on youngster Tom Kilbey, as Pompey would then owe his former club Millwall £50,000.
However, Cotterill is boosted by the return of Greg Halford from suspension.