Derby midfielder Ben Davies has been assured he still has a future at Pride Park by manager Nigel Clough.
Davies has not started a game for nearly three months, but with the Rams having not won in six, Clough says the former Notts County schemer may be in line for a recall.
"Ben has never ever been out of the picture, never," Clough told the Derby Telegraph.
"Whether he has been in the 16 or just outside the 16, and he is 17th man at the moment, he has been in the plans.
"Can we bring Ben back in? We have talked about it. We are aware he lost a bit of confidence some weeks ago which ultimately led to him coming out of the team."
County face a tough trip to high-flying Birmingham this weekend looking to emulate the weekend victory of fierce rivals Nottingham Forest.
But with the Rams' poor form, Clough knows Davies would need to slot in seamlessly - should he be picked.
"In our current situation it is about whether he can come back in and rediscover that confidence given the run we are on," he added.