Ravel Morrison may have not appeared for Birmingham City since August 25 and been left out of the last three match-day squads, but boss Lee Clark has insisted that if the young midfielder works hard in training then he can force his way back into the first team picture.
There were rumours that Clark wanted to cut short Morrison's loan move from West Ham after concerns over the players' behaviour and attitude, but these were denied by both Morrison and his agent on Twitter.
Clark has now stated that with the Blues' next game not until October 20, all players had an opportunity to force their way into the manager's plans.
"Over the next couple of weeks everybody will be fighting for a place against Leicester," Clark told the Birmingham Mail.
"The lads that possibly haven't been involved have all got a chance to stake a claim and there are places up for grabs.
"But they've all got to be doing it on the training pitch first and foremost. Players get judged all time on how they train every day and how they go about their business."
On his talented but seemingly troubled youngster, Clark said: "I have had a good chat with Ravel this week and he knows where he wants to be and he knows how he's got to get there.
"We brought him in because he's a talented young man but there's more than talent that gets you in the team.
"Ravel understands that and he's going to be working extremely hard over the coming weeks to get that sorted."
Clark was also pleased to announce that former Senegal international Papa Bouba Diop has signed a one-month contract, subject to a successful visa application, after joining the club on trial two weeks ago.
Diop has been a free agent since his release by West Ham during the summer, and will join up with Clark for the second time after the pair were team mates at Fulham.
It has been a busy few days for Birmingham City, with the club also announcing that youngsters Mitch Hancox and Jack Deaman have had their contracts extended until next June.