Sunderland boss Roy Keane has indicated that he could loan out forgotten man David Connolly.
Connolly is currently recovering from hip surgery which has sidelined him since May.
The Republic of Ireland international has dropped well down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light and Keane could loan him out to help the experienced striker regain his fitness.
"Dave had a hip operation just before the end of last season and he is making a good recovery," Keane told The Sunday Sun.
"It's a slow process, but he is recovering quite well and he is back doing a bit of light jogging.
"I don't like putting dates on things but I would hope that Dave would be back out on the training pitch in the next week or two.
"He is possibly one of the people that I would look to send out on loan.
"He needs to play because he has missed an awful lot of games.
"It's something we'll look at when he is available."