Garry Monk is realistic about his long-term future at Swansea, admitting he may have to move on to find regular first-team football.
The defender marked his first appearance of the season by grabbing the 90th-minute winner in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup triumph over Crawley Town.
Bristol City made an approach for the 33-year-old, who was hampered by a back injury at the start of the campaign, during the summer but the transfer failed to materialise.
"I've been injured for the past five weeks but there was speculation before that about a loan to here, there and everywhere," he said.
"I've been training for a week, played my first game and I'm going to build on that and see where it takes me.
"I've said all along I don't want to leave. Hopefully I can force my way into the manager's plans in some capacity in the near future. If not, I'll assess it again.
"At the moment I just want to get fit and everything depends how good I feel in the next couple of weeks. If I get a couple of weeks' training under my belt and it looks like I've got absolutely no chance, I'll have to have a look at it.
"January is the realistic time to move if I'm not involved at all, but hopefully I will be involved. I'll keep pushing and pushing, but I'm realistic as well. I'm not saying I should be starting Saturday or anything stupid like that."
Monk has been with the Welsh side for eight years and was retained as club captain in recognition of his service to Swansea.
"That means a lot to me - this is my seventh season as captain," he added.
"I've always been proud to be captain of this team and proud of what we've achieved in reaching this level.
"But I want to play and be out with the boys, helping the team."
Swansea's success against Crawley was a welcome return to winning ways - they had suffered successive league defeats ahead of what always looked to be a tricky trip to Broadfield Stadium to play League One opponents.
Laudrup had demanded a response to their recent slump, which included a 3-0 home loss to Everton in front of the Sky cameras last weekend, and Monk believes the players delivered the necessary reaction.
"Obviously we were disappointed after the Everton game. It was our poorest performance for a long time," he said.
"It's never because of a lack of effort from us, instead it was down to some individual mistakes.
"We played as individuals instead of a team, which we don't normally do. We got punished by a very good team in Everton.
"It's about how you react and we did that against Crawley. Hopefully we can carry that on against Stoke on Saturday."