West Brom striker Ishmael Miller believes he may need to go out on loan to gain match sharpness after a three month lay-off with a torn thigh muscle.
The former Manchester City player has been linked with temporary moves to Leicester and Ipswich since returning to fitness.
Miller faces stiff competition from Peter Odemwingie, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Roman Bednar with head coach Roberto Di Matteo generally favouring only one out-and-out striker.
He believes he will reap the benefits long term by going out on loan and playing regular first team football.
Miller said: "It's my view that I need to go somewhere just to get some football and play some games on the trot so that I can be ready for West Brom. I know it's going to be really tough for me to play unless I am fully fit.
"A few clubs have been suggested and the main thing for me is to get fit in training and, if I need to go out on loan, to get match fit, so be it."