Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has suggested Marko Marin will feature in his plans at Stamford Bridge.
Summer signing Marin has failed to make an impact since his arrival from Werder Bremen in July, with injuries frustrating his start to life in West London.
The 23-year-old has made just one appearance for the Blues, appearing as a 70th-minute substitute in their 6-0 Capital One Cup thrashing of Wolves.
The attacking midfielder did not feature in former manager Roberto Di Matteo's set-up, with the likes of midfield stars Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar already at his disposal.
But Benitez has hinted he will give the German a chance to play for the European champions.
Questioned if Marin was desperate for football, Benitez told the Fulham Chronicle: "I don't believe he's desperate. He was training really well.
"He's been injured a while, but I know him. He's a good player I know from Werder Bremen.
"Hopefully we can improve fitness for many players and create competition."