Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has told Emmanuel Adebayor he has two games with which to convince him he deserves a new contract.
The striker was without a contract when he joined Crystal Palace during the January transfer window and has contributed only one goal in this campaign.
He arrived on a short-term contract until the end of the season with the option of a further 12 months but despite his high-profile status, he will not learn his fate until the season is over.
Pardew has already spoken of his plans to strengthen Palaceâ€™s squad in the summer, and Marouane Chamakh is expected to leave when his contract expires, but regarding 32-year-old Adebayor the manager said: â€œHeâ€™s been a good character around this place, heâ€™s won trophies.
â€œHe hasnâ€™t had a lot of starts but we have still got two big, big games to go [against Southampton on Sunday and against United in the Cup].
â€œThe decision we make on Ade will be on these two big games. I think he has still got a big part to play as heâ€™s a top player.â€
Victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday could yet secure a 12th-placed finish for Palace, but Pardew will rest Wilfried Zaha and Wayne Hennessey in preparation for next weekâ€™s FA Cup final at Wembley.
He is also without Joe Ledley, who he says has a â€œ50-50â€ chance to feature at Euro 2016 with Wales, because of a fractured fibula.
In Hennesseyâ€™s absence, club favourite Julian Speroni will start and equal Palaceâ€™s appearance record for a goalkeeper.
The 37-year-old Argentinian will go level with John Jackson on 388 appearances and Pardew said: â€œSperoni will play. I want to play him because he equals the record in this game.
â€œAlthough the sentimentality isnâ€™t really the top of my agenda as a manager, on this occasion it is.
â€œBut not only that, our fans love him, my players love him, my staff love him and he deserves it most importantly.
â€œHe trains brilliantly, heâ€™s been fantastic backup to the other goalkeepers and theyâ€™ve learnt so much off him and the way heâ€™s conducted himself as a senior professional.
â€œHe has to break the record next, so letâ€™s wait until he breaks it.
â€œHe could play into his 40s, because his conditioning and professionalism is such. You wouldnâ€™t doubt that.â€