Cardiff boss Malky Mackay says he would not want to make too many changes for Tuesday's Carling Cup clash with Huddersfield, even if he could.
A hectic schedule at the start of the season and a squad short of numbers has seen Cardiff's resources stretched.
"There's not a huge change-around to happen, we've got another four or five players that can come in," Mackay said.
"But that apart, we're playing against a good team on Tuesday night and we've got to try and get through the tie."
Cardiff drew 1-1 in the Championship on Saturday after Robert Earnshaw rescued a point with his 200th league goal.
But the Bluebirds are swiftly back in action in the second round of the Carling Cup against Huddersfield from League One, while Cardiff return to league action next Saturday at Portsmouth.
"It'll be the best team that I can put out there but it's coming off the back of five games in 14 days," Mackay added.
"We've got another couple of weeks of this to go before it settles down for the international break."
The Cardiff manager hopes to add some new recruits before the transfer window closes, but admitted the club may have to settle for loan recruits to swell the numbers.
"We're working on it, working hard on it but it's got to be the right person and financially it's got to be right for the club as well," Mackay said.
"Even if it goes into the loan window opening we've got to make sure we keep working on that as well."