Claudio Pizarro is hoping to kick-start his Chelsea career this month.
Didier Drogba is one of a host of Premier League stars who will be missing at least a month of the English season because of the African Cup of Nations.
And Pizarro, who helped Chelsea to FA Cup success over Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, is looking to get a run in the team.
"January will be an important month for me with some more chances to play. I will get into good shape, get some confidence and show what I can do," Pizarro told the Daily Star.
Pizarro has scored just once since his free transfer move from Bayern Munich in the summer.
"I knew I wasn't good enough before because I joined the club after the Copa America and that made things complicated for my fitness," he continued.
"The last year hasn't always been nice for me. I think and hope this year will be better.
"It's not just been here that was hard for me in 2007.
"When I was at Bayern I couldn't play games because I was getting a free transfer and hadn't signed up for the team so I was relegated to the bench and the national team was not so good for me either."