Peterhead FC have suspended star striker Rory McAllister for a serious breach of club discipline.
Manager Jim McInally moved to suspend the player following an incident at training on Thursday evening.
The Peterhead board will discuss the matter when it meets later today (Tuesday).
It could take the decision to terminate the player’s contract though a more likely course of action is a ban or significant fine.
McAllister, who netted 21 times in the league last season and was the division’s second highest scorer, did not play a part in Saturday’s away defeat to Stirling Albion and is unlikely to feature against Stenhousemuir in Tuesday’s Ramsdens Cup tie.
McInally told the Buchan Observer: “Rory has breached club discipline and is suspended until such time as we decide what to do with him.
Peterhead FC did not wish to comment further.
The club-imposed ban will hamper the Toon in the short term after McAllister’s strike partner Andy Rodgers was red carded on Saturday’s match.
He faces a suspension of up to three games and forces McInally to look at different goal-scoring options.
McInally said: “You’re caught out because up until Thursday night, the team is picked and then you have to go and change it.
“I tried to play David Cox up to run in behind them because of the two big guys at the back. It didn’t work.”
McInally may turn to midfielder Jordon Brown, who netted three times in preseason, to find the goals.
Brown said: “We share the goals through the team and we’ve got boys who can score.
“That’s been proven with Cox and me. I’ve been frustrated not to score in the past couple of weeks but if we don’t panic we will get our rewards.”
Another option is former Berwick forward Fraser McLaren who. although not fully match-fit, may get a chance to shine.
McLaren said: “Hopefully I can get a chance to start up front but I’ve only been here a week so I’m not going to be saying I have to start.
“I’m going to be patient and if my chance comes I will take it. It’s a long season, we’ve still got more than 30 games to go.”