Nicky Shorey still has the chance to carve out a big future for himself at Aston Villa, according to his boss Martin O'Neill.
The England international arrived in the summer from Reading for £4million, but he found himself sidelined and he is yet to start a league game this year.
However, he featured in the Uefa Cup clash with CSKA Moscow and O'Neill has heaped praise on his attitude.
"It was absolutely the response I was hoping for from him," said O'Neill.
"Certainly going forward, he's been a big help and I've been pleased with the response.
"He's in the squad and I'm not sure that, even since the time when he thought his future didn't lie here, he has been out of too many of them. I just think - and I've said this to him - that it is far too early to be making assessments on him.
"When you have been a regular, and you walk through that door into training and you know you are going to be in the first team on Satuday regardless of what happens, then it is difficult to adjust immediately to competing.
"Your game is more scrutinised. You have to prove it to people all over again.
"But if Nicky needs an example of what I'm talking about, Stiliyan Petrov was taken off one year ago at half-time in a game against Newcastle United. He has found within himself the determination to fight back.
"Stiliyan always wanted to show the crowd that he had what it took, and he came roaring back. I believe in Nicky's ability to do the same thing."