Stoke City boss Tony Pulis had admitted that forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is struggling to reach peak fitness, following a slow start to his career in the Potteries.
The 32-year-old has made just five appearances as a substitute since his arrival at the Britannia Stadium, with Pulis still waiting for the Icelander to hit top form.
The Potters boss told The Sun:"His weight is still a bit up on what it needs to be. Hopefully sometime in December we should have him up and running.
"The pace of the Premier League now dictates you have to be 100 per cent.
"He's good to have around the place and shown glimpses of what a player he is, but he's not up to the level we want."
Gudjohnsen, who has previously played in England with Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, moved back to the Premier League after leaving Monaco at the end of last season.