Hull City boss Phil Brown has reassured Geovanni and Nick Barmby that they still have a role to play at the KC Stadium this season.
Geovanni was dropped to the substitutes' bench for Monday's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur as he strives to recapture his stunning early-season form.
The Brazilian was given a late run-out against Spurs, but Barmby, who has made just one Premier League appearance since the turn of the year, was left on the bench.
Brown has explained his reasoning behind leaving Geovanni and Barmby out against Spurs, and also revealed why Bernard Mendy started among the substitutes.
Mendy was originally in Brown's starting line-up, but was late arriving back from France, prompting Anthony Gardner to start, with Kamil Zayatte moved into midfield.
Energy and attitude
"The team selection was about energy and attitude," said Brown in the Hull Daily Mail. "I was looking for a little bit more aggression.
"We thought Tottenham were concerned about our ability in the air and our size and height.
"Bernard had personal problems and only arrived back from Paris at about 7.50pm.
"There is plenty of time for Geovanni and Nick Barmby to play football this season."