IAN Holloway is willing to sanction a loan move for club captain Paul Robinson.
Robinson has made just one appearance – in the 3-1 defeat at Burnley – since Holloway was appointed Lions boss.
The 32-year-old has battled a catalogue of injuries over the past 18 months and has found regular competitive action hard to come by this season.
Holloway has confirmed that Josh Wright, Jack Smith and Justin Hoyte are also available on a short-term basis.
But Robinson would not be allowed to leave The Den if fellow defender Danny Shittu picked up a niggle.
"Robbo needs to catch up," Holloway told the Southwark News. "He is a little short of match practice and I would loan him out if I could.
"He played the other day for the U21s, showed a great attitude and he's a fantastic leader.
"But would I play him and Danny in the same team? At the moment, probably not, and I think he knows that. Last weekend I needed Alan Dunne's pace and we had a better balance.
"We sent a circular out on Tuesday which said: 'I have a few players who I would loan out, please call me and I'll do it short-term. They're good players, they're just not getting in at the moment. They'll help you and we'll do it for a small percentage of their wages.'
"But if we get another injury, and Danny goes down, Robbo won't be available.
"If clubs want to take him, it would have to be right now. You can't get his sort of experience these days so hopefully that might be the case and something happens.
"At the moment he's still part of my squad, he's working hard and I'm happy with him. To be honest, I'd rather have him in my group so that he understands what I want him to do."
Holloway will not hesitate to plug gaps in his squad with youth team players, having named 20-year-old midfielder Jack Powell on the bench against Bolton last weekend.
The Lions manager said: "I am looking at young Jack, who scored again for the U21s, and he is jumping up and down shouting 'what about me?'
"It's all about freshness, getting the right energy and balance.
"If you look at Wright, for example, he has only played seven games all season and that is not enough. He needs to go out on loan and get up to speed for me to judge him fairly.
"Sometimes you need some youth instead."