Leeds United could offer new deals to midfielders Amdy Faye and Ramon Nunez, despite their current lack of first-team involvement at Elland Road.
Manager Simon Grayson said he was considering extending the contracts held by two players who have made just 10 first-team appearances between them this season.
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Faye, 33, has been more prominent than Nunez, starting six Championship games, but his outing in Leeds' Boxing Day draw with Leicester City was only his second since early November.
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The former Stoke City and Newcastle United player was brought in to strengthen United's midfield ranks in early September, shortly after the club negotiated a half-season deal with Honduran international Nunez.
Grayson fielded Nunez as a substitute twice in October but the 26-year-old has been limited to reserve-team football since then.
United, however, were set to lose Australia's Neil Kilkenny to the Asian Cup after today's game against Middlesbrough, and Grayson's choice of midfielders will diminish further if transfer-listed Bradley Johnson is sold in the January window.
Faye and Nunez are due to reach the end of their existing contracts later this month until but Leeds are considering the option of extending their terms.
"It's been difficult for both players," said Grayson.
"Ramon's played bit-parts but he's done well in training and still looks a player. We've got some very good players who can't get into my 18 at the moment, simply because of how well the team is doing.
"Amdy's similar and he's been in and out. We've got to make a decision on them but we have to be careful that we don't leave ourselves short.
If we don't extend their contracts then we'd need to have other options available to come into the team and the squad."
Grayson heightened speculation that he might move to recruit Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson on loan by refusing to rule out a bid for the 22-year-old.
Johnson has expressed an interest in joining Leeds on a temporary basis and Grayson said: "When you're linked with that sort of player, it shows that you're doing something right as a club.
"We've been linked with some top, top players who any club in the country would take. It shows what we're capable of doing if we need to go out and make signings. But anything we do has to be right for club and the squad."
Leeds have extended defender Tom Lees' loan at Bury until the end of the season.