Caley Thistle manager John Hughes admits it has been difficult to find game time for attacker Ibra Sekajja.
The Ugandan joined Inverness on a free transfer in October after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer, but has made just two substitute appearances since then.
Hughes believes the 22-year-old has been unfortunate to arrive at the Caledonian Stadium at a time when fellow attackers Billy Mckay and Marley Watkins have both hit strong scoring form to help the Caley Jags to second in the Premiership table.
Sekajja’s contract expires next month and Hughes said: “It just happens that when Ibra came to us, Marley started playing in the forward role. He and Billy are the leading scorers and they’re looking really dangerous.
“I spoke to Ibra the other week and he knows the quality of player he’s up against. Come Christmas time, if we stay injury-free and get Richie Foran back from his knee injury, do we need to bring anyone in?
“I would like to freshen it up but I wouldn’t do it if it’s the same thing as has happened to Ibra.
“It’s not a slight on him. He’s trained really well and his attitude is fantastic. It just so happens that sometimes it happens in football.
“Ibra wants to play football. No-one don’t want to train every week and not get playing time on a Saturday. I’ve been there and there’s nothing worse.”
Hughes has sympathy for the players in his squad who have found opportunities hard to come by, but says their patience will eventually be rewarded.
Hughes added: “They all want to play football. I have no qualms with playing Nick Ross, Danny Devine or Carl Tremarco because they’re all capable of holding down a first-team spot from now until the end of the season.
“It’s just unfortunate they’ve found themselves sitting on the bench. They have been very supportive of their team-mates and their time will come.”