Norwich City boss Chris Hughton will not be rushing new striker Kei Kamara into action.
The 28-year-old, who is on loan at Carrow Road from Major League Soccer side Kansas City until the end of the season, has not played a competitive game since November.
"We have to make sure what we do with him is right," said Hughton.
"We've brought him in to help us for the rest of the season, not just in the next game or so."
The Sierra Leone forward linked up with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday at Norwich's Colney training ground.
"That was his first training session with us," said Hughton. "He arrived in the early hours of Wednesday morning, so he wasn't able to do too much then.
"His mindset is very good. He wants to come here and he wants to make an impact. That's why we brought him over and that's what we would like him to do.
"What we need to assess is exactly where he is at the moment. He's on the back of a break in MLS. He of course has not played the number of games we would have liked the last few weeks.
"That's not always necessary. Players will do that in a pre-season and go straight into games."