Matt Taylor is hoping to earn a West Ham recall on Saturday after a month on the sidelines.
The midfielder has been thwarted by calf injuries in recent weeks but is keen to face Derby after making a goalscoring return with the reserves in midweek.
But with the Hammers in fine form as they push for an immediate return to the Premier League from the Championship, Taylor may have to be patient.
And the former Luton, Portsmouth and Bolton player insists he will continue to work hard as he looks to force his way back into manager Sam Allardyce's thoughts.
"It was nice to get through 70 minutes and to score but more than anything it was nice to be back out on the pitch," Taylor told the club's official website after Tuesday's run-out at Ipswich.
"It has been frustrating being injured but hopefully I can get a chance and get myself back into the team.
"I respect the manager's decision and I've always been that way. That's what the manager is paid to do.
"He makes the decisions and he picks the team and that's his prerogative. All I can do is be ready and hopefully, when I'm called upon, I can keep the shirt."