Northampton Town have made Kelvin Langmead available for loan after the defender's 19-month spell without starting a game.
Knee and Achilles injuries have restricted the 29-year-old's involvement to just four substitute appearances since March 2013.
"It's not a financial thing where we want his wages back," boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton.
"We want him to get some football so he comes back able to play 90 minutes."
Langmead has played 96 games for the Cobblers since initially joining from Peterborough United in August 2011 on loan, and was a key member of the side that reached the League Two play-off final in 2012.
His attempted comeback in April from an 11-month lay-off with a knee injury was cut short when he started to suffer Achilles problems and his only appearance this season was as a substitute against Burton two weeks ago.
"Kelvin has been out for a hell of a long time and I look at him in the same light as Alex Nicholls, he needs to go out and play some football," said Wilder.