Chelsea pair Daniel Sturridge and Jose Bosingwa are desperate to start in their FA Cup clash against Ipswich, but for differing reasons.
Young striker Sturridge has admitted that he has found life difficult at Stamford Bridge due to having to settle for a bit-part role since joining from Manchester City 18 months ago.
The likes of Nicholas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba have all gone off the boil in the Blues' worst slump for 15 years, but with Drogba struggling with a knock, Sturridge could be given a chance.
The 21-year-old demonstrated his credentials as an excellent young talent with five goals for the reserves against Tottenham on Thursday, and is hoping to have caught the eye of under-pressure boss Carlo Ancelotti for a start.
"It is not easy coming in and out the team," he said.
"If you start a game, you are expected to do well and if you don't do well, everyone says this is why he is not playing because he doesn't take his chance.
"So it is a difficult game to play for any player who doesn't start every week but hopefully if I get the chance, or anyone else does, we can take those opportunities."
"No disrespect to reserve-team football, but every player's motivation is to start regularly in the first team."
"It has been a hard time for the club, not just the players, and we are all coming in every day, trying to work as much as we can and trying to move on, getting back to the things we used to do, which was scoring plenty goals and winning games."
Bosingwa, meanwhile, is keen to get back involved with the cup after playing a big part in the Blues' 2009 victory in the tournament, before picking up an injury that saw him miss last season's competition in its entirety.
"The first month was difficult after a year out but now I hope, step by step, to get back to my best and I hope we can start to win more matches," he told Chelsea TV.
"Last year, when we won the Premier League and the FA Cup, I was injured and was out of the country when the league finished, but I came back to watch the final against Portsmouth.
"It was difficult because I was injured and wanted to help the team, but it is life.
"It is a different sentiment, being happy because we won but sad because I could not play."