Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is looking to bolster the Premier League's smallest squad in January but admits making signings "will be easier said than done".
The Irishman believes it will be harder to bring in new faces to Villa Park this time around after signing the likes of Ashley Young, John Carew and Shaun Maloney 12 months ago.
While he does not expect imminent arrivals, he wants to make additions as his seventh-place team "don't want to throw it away now."
Villa are only three points from an UEFA Champions League berth but have been more fortunate than some of their rivals as they have only picked up one serious injury so far, when striker Carew suffered knee ligament damage in September.
Speaking of the situation, O'Neill said: "We are going to spend some of the month trying to strengthen the squad.
"The players already here have made a colossal effort to get us to where we are and we don't want to throw it away now.
"Six of the players have been ever-presents and it would have been seven had (on loan) Scott Carson been allowed to play against Liverpool.
"However, strengthening the squad will be easier said than done. If people ask 'am I going to be signing someone today' the answer would be no, but we are doing all we can.
"We are looking at a couple of things. It is well documented we have got the smallest squad in the Premier League. We need to try to address that situation if we can."
Meanwhile, Carew remains the main fitness doubt for Saturday's third round FA Cup clash against Manchester United with another knee injury which kept him out of the 2-1 New Year's Day victory over Spurs.