Steve Bruce is not certain to sign a new striker for Birmingham City when the transfer window opens in January.
But the situation might ease for the manager if, as seems likely, Matthew Upson and David Dunn are sold.
An injury to Mikael Forssell has emphasised the need for greater strength up front, although David Sullivan, the Birmingham co-owner, said that the club could make do without a new striker — as long as there are no new injuries.
But Birmingham cannot take it for granted that Nicklas Bendtner, the young Denmark international striker who is enjoying a successful loan spell at St Andrew's, will not be recalled by Arsenal.
"If we don't get any more injuries then I'd say 'no', we don't need another [striker]," Sullivan said. "Gary McSheffrey is very good up front, he could easily move there from the wing if need be and score goals.
"We will have to see what the circumstances are nearer the time and what money is available. We have got a situation where we might have to sell some players.
"Matthew Upson has 18 months on his contract and won't renew, maybe he should be sold otherwise we could end up with nothing.
"We have a two-year option on David Dunn in the summer at a very, very high wage. Again, it might be that he has to be moved because of that and the injury problems he has had.
"They would raise money so we could bring a striker in but where do you get one better than those we have already?"
In any event, Forssell had become fourth choice, behind Bendtner, DJ Campbell and Cameron Jerome, who cost #3 million from Cardiff City in the summer but has not set the world on fire.
Bruce was keen on Marcus Bent, the Charlton Athletic striker, but negotiations broke down and the departure of Iain Dowie, the Charlton manager, on Monday may have ended those hopes once and for all. But Blues could go top of the Coca-Cola Championship this Saturday.