Chelsea's Florent Malouda admits he needs to grasp his forthcoming first-team chance with both hands.
The Frenchman has bemoaned his lack of action this season under new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
But he has now been promised more playing time this month, because of the African Cup of Nations.
Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou are all now in Angola ahead of the month-long tournament.
And the absence of the quartet will seen Malouda, amongst others, handed the chance to impress.
"As I said to the coach, there are choices to be made and he told me I have to take my opportunity now," said Malouda.
"That's what I tried to do from the beginning of the season and I will try to do it until the end of the season.
"You have to accept that and I've never complained. That's the way it is when you are with a big team and Chelsea is one of the three biggest clubs in the world.
"I've played in the big games, the Champions League final and the FA Cup final, so I'm here for them when the coach needs me."