Dundee-born Scotland star Charlie Adam admits he may be forced to quit Stoke City in search of first-team football.
The 31-year-old has only made five appearances for the Potters this season, with his only outing in the English Premier League coming as an 88th-minute substitute against Watford on Saturday.
Adam, a lifelong Dundee supporter who turned out for his hometown team against St Johnstone in the recent Dave Mackay testimonial game, has held talks with Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who has urged him to be patient.
But, while the former Rangers player is happy at the club, he is unwilling to kick his heels on the bench.
Adam said: “There will be a decision to be made at some point where I want to play regular football.
“The club will need to make a decision regarding whether they can get players in, which is another factor to it.
“I’ve spoken to the manager and he’s told me I might need to wait for an injury or a suspension before I get my opportunity.
“I love it at Stoke and I want to stay at the club but I want to play football as well.
“It is frustrating but we’ll wait and see what happens in the next couple of months and go on from there.”