Skipper Sol Campbell is one of three key Portsmouth players already ruled out of Saturday's Fratton Park clash with Hull City through injury - and one of 15 whose futures at the club are in doubt with contracts expiring at the end of the season.
Pompey executive chairman Peter Storrie insists it is up to manager Tony Adams to decide who he wants to stay and who he wants to leave but the new manager, Campbell's former Arsenal and England team-mate, said: ''In Sol's case, he'll make his own decision - and whatever it is, that's all right with me.''
Campbell, 34, is currently sidelined by a toe injury - along with midfielders Lassana Diarra and Niko Kranjcar, who have ankle problems - and has still to be offered a new deal for next season.
Adams added: ''He's his own man. He will do what he wants to do and I wouldn't insult Sol by pushing him in either direction. He's been around the block and he's a great pro. I'm sure he will tell us in his own time what he wants to do next and that's fine. He's been fantastic for this club.''
Occasionally linked in transfer speculation with Spanish club Villarreal, Campbell has confounded his critics with his early form this season, although just recently injuries have been a concern, with him missing three of the last five games.
But there is little doubt the powerfully-built centre-back wants to play on - ideally at Pompey - and it could come down to the question of whether he would be satisfied with a one-year or two-year agreement.
Others who are out of contract at Fratton Park in June include FA Cup-winning striker Kanu, who has been largely reduced to a substitute's role this season, midfielders Sean Davis, Richard Hughes and Glen Little and defenders Hermann Hreidarsson, Noe Pamarot and Lauren.
Adams, just four games into his reign as manager, knows he must make key decisions over the next few months including whether to keep season-long loan-players Nadir Belhadj (Lens) and Armand Traore (Arsenal) on a more permanent basis.
He has already told Chelsea winger Ben Sahar, who has yet to make a first-team appearance, his services will no longer be required after a six-month loan runs out in January.
But Adams has publicly declared ''hands-off'' warnings to clubs who fancy the idea of snapping up England striker Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper David James, revealing he has told Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak ''everybody I want to stay stays or I can't do the job''.
Fears Defoe would join his list of crocks have been calmed by Adams after the £7.5million frontman was substituted at half-time against Germany last night with a calf injury.
But it may lead the Pompey boss, a recovered alcoholic, to impose a change in the player's drinking habits - and cut down on the coffee.
Adams said: ''I am expecting Jermain to be fit to face Hull but we may have to go a different way with him and his intake off the pitch because he's been having this cramping and one way might be to keep clear a bit more from the caffeine.
''I used to cramp up a lot as a player but that was mostly after I'd poured 15 pints of lager down my neck, and I don't think Jermain is doing that.''
Meanwhile, Portsmouth have awarded a new contract to goalkeeping coach David Coles, which keeps him at Fratton Park until 2011, after speculation he would join former boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.
Spurs are now set to install their ex-UEFA Cup-winning keeper Tony Parks in that role.