Emerse Fae admits his chances of figuring in the African Cup of Nations are dwindling due to his lack of first-team action for Reading.
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has made just four starts for the Royals since his move from French side Nantes.
The midfielder played in last year's African Cup of Nations final defeat to Egypt and is desperate to represent his country in Ghana in January.
"It's a problem if I don't play for Reading. Maybe I won't go to the African Cup of Nations and I'm a bit worried," Fae told the Reading Chronicle.
"I wonder if I'm going now. If I don't play in Reading's team it's almost impossible for me to go.
"It's always disappointing when you aren't playing but it's no reason to stop working. I always work hard, it's not a problem for me."
Fae, Reading's club record signing, admitted he was finding the English game much tougher than expected.
He added: "English football is very different, it's more physical and much quicker. In France there's more time on the ball, it's more tactical and you wait for your chance to attack.
"The best way to learn is to practice and play and I'm happy at Reading."