Aberdeen manager Craig Brown says sending goalkeeper Jamie Langfield out on a short-term loan move to aid his return to action is a possibility.
Langfield has not played so far this season after suffering a brain seizure in the summer and has yet to undergo a medical procedure.
However, Brown is keen to see the 31-year-old shot-stopper challenge David Gonzalez and Jason Brown for the gloves and says a loan spell may help Langfield's progress.
The Dons boss said: "We've got to discount Jamie from starting as first choice at the moment until the procedure is over.
"Once that's done and he gets some games under his belt it's a three-way contest for first place in goal.
"A suitable short-term emergency loan of 28 days may get him four or five games with someone who maybe needs a goalkeeper short-term.
"But that's got to be suitable for both ourselves and for Jamie."
Meanwhile, Brown has warned his players that any complacency against East Fife in Tuesday night's Scottish Communities League Cup tie will be punished.
The Fifers are currently languishing at the bottom of the Irn-Bru Second Division but have already claimed an SPL scalp in the shape of local rivals Dunfermline in the cup competition.
Brown said: "When you're bottom of the league as they are, it's going to be difficult to come from where they are and get promotion.
"So what is their objective? The two cups. I'm not discounting them from winning the league or anything but it's more realistic that they can have a good cup run.
"They've already had good success, the local team in Fife beating Dunfermline. If we are complacent at all, we could pay for it."