Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has shed light on Phil Ofosu-Ayeh's continuous absence from his outfit as the Championship heads for the midway line.
The Ghana fullback is yet to make an appearance for Wolves since completing a three-year move from German second tier side Eintracht Braunschweig in June.
His no-show has been due to an ankle injury picked up in preseason, for which he had to go under the knife in September, effectively ruling him out of action for up to four months.
"The programme that is being done with him [Ofosu-Ayeh] is trying to increase his load of running, but he still has pain," Santo told Express & Star.
"We have to be very cautious, not only because of this particular injury, but the way that Phil – for the last year – has struggled.
"He needs to settle down and solve, definitely, the problems that he has.
"Then we have to make a decision."
In a similar injury-plagued campaign at Braunschweig last season, Ofosu-Ayeh made 16 league appearances involving 14 starts.
Born in Moers, Germany, to a German mother and a Ghanaian father, the former VfR Aalen man is a full Ghana international, having featured in a friendly against Canada in 2015.