STEVE Lomas says he is unlikely to risk Liam Trotter against Nottingham Forest, despite the midfielder's return to U21 action last week.
Trotter has resumed full training after a knee injury but Lomas has admitted that he may hold the 25-year-old back until after the international break in September.
The Lions face Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
"We have got to be careful," Lomas said. "If you push players too hard you end up breaking them down. In an ideal world we would love to give Liam 30 minutes against Forest but that might not be wise.
"We have to look at the bigger picture. He's got two weeks to play a couple of games during the international break and he'll be in a much better position then."
Asked whether he is planning sweeping changes to his team, Lomas said: "Probably not. There are one or two who we want to get a game but we've got quite a few injuries. Steve Morison and Jermaine Easter won't be fit but James Henry should be okay.
"We thought Jermaine had a chance for last Saturday but we had to pull him out on the Friday. We don't want to risk him because he hasn't been training. If he pulls his hamstring we could end up missing him for three or four weeks. We have not been blessed with the greatest of luck.
"Forest are a good team and probably have about 30 players in their squad who are good enough to play in the Championship. We're going to have to play well."