Brighton manager Graham Potter has refused to rule out a possible loan move for Jayson Molumby in January.
The Republic of Ireland international, who made his debut for the national side in September, has seen limited game time this season.
After a successful loan spell at Millwall last campaign, the Waterford native came on as a substitute late on against Aston Villa in the Premier League, while his only starts have come against Portsmouth and Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
Having not been included in the squad of late, Molumby was on the bench for the Seagulls' draw with Sheffield United last Sunday.
But with Jakub Moder set to return in January after being recalled from his loan with Lech Poznan, chances might be even harder to find in the New Year.
"There is no plan," said Potter when asked about Molumby's future. "We have some games coming up and our focus is on that.
"Football is like that and things can change quickly. We know with all our players there is a conversation to be had when the window is open because they are human beings.
"They have views on what is right for their career so you have to respect that. But there is no set plan in place. Jayson was in the squad at the weekend.
"He has trained with us today and we like him a lot but to break into a Premier League team is not so easy. We can talk about Jayson Molumby but we can also talk about other players that are not playing if he is playing.
"That's just the reality of competition at the highest level. But Jayson is a good guy, he is ambitious and he wants to play which is a good quality to have and we enjoy working with him."
When Potter was asked about a loan move for Molumby, he refused to rule it out saying, "nothing is beyond the realms. We need to assess and take the right decision for the player and the club and we will do that at the right time."
Should Molumby be sent out of the club for game time, he would follow in the footsteps of international teammate Shane Duffy, who joined Celtic on loan at the start of the season.