Erol Bulut has made no secret of the fact that he wants to add to his Cardiff squad this month in a bid to keep the club in the promotion hunt.
However, the longer that it takes to bring in fresh faces, the tougher ask it is getting with Cardiff now down in the bottom half of the table.
Seven points from the last five games is not the worst return at this stage of the campaign, yet the Bluebirds were comprehensively outplayed in a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United last weekend.
Beating Queens Park Rangers between that result and a 2-0 reverse to Leicester City was vital in keeping Cardiff in and among the teams vying for the top five.
Nevertheless, there is pressure to build on their recent three wins from five away games against a team who are now very much in transition.
Since Ian Foster took charge earlier this month, key men such as Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Luke Cundle and Finn Azaz have all departed Home Park.
Replacements have been found in the form of Ashley Phillips, Matthew Sorinola, Alfie Devine and Darko Gyabi, but they need to hit the ground running to keep Plymouth away from the bottom three.
A 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town last weekend kept things ticking in the right direction, with the Pilgrims having now lost just one of their last seven games in the Championship.
With Kesler-Hayden having returned to Aston Villa, Joe Edwards may come back into the Plymouth XI at right wing-back.Sorinola and Devine are each available for selection, but they may have to make do with places on the
substitutes’ bench.Joe Ralls is likely to miss out for Cardiff after he suffered a groin injury in the first half against Leeds.Either Andy Rinomhota or Rubin Colwill are in line to replace him in midfield, while Yakou Meite will expect a return to the attack.