Vincent Kompany is believed to be wrestling over a decision to stop playing for Belgium after this summer's World Cup.
The Manchester City skipper is determined to be in Russia and his national doctors are confident the injury-plagued central defender will be able to manage his body well enough before the global showcase now gets underway.
Questions do remain, however, whether the experienced 31-year-old will also see it as an opportune time to bring down the curtain on his international career, with concerns Pep Guardiola has finally run out of patience with him, due to the length of time he now regularly spends on the treatment table.
The City boss knows how important it is for Kompany to represent his country, with club sources insisting he would never ask the player to call it a day with Belgium.
Kompany, though, still has 17 months left on his City contract and is determined to stick around, even with the Manchester giants currently in talks this month to sign central defender Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion.
The City talisman is keeping his cards close to his chest but sources close to the player are hinting he is now considering how best to prolong his club career, with Belgium the likeliest loser.