Derby boss Billy Davies has urged midfielder David Jones to be patient while stuck behind Stephen Pearson in the pecking order.
Jones has only made two Premier League appearances this season - against Manchester City and Bolton - because of the fine form of the ever-present Pearson.
The former Manchester United youngster was a regular in the Championship last season but he had found himself out of the side this term.
However, Davies expects Jones to get an opportunity soon enough, and would have no problem throwing the 22-year-old into his starting line-up.
"David Jones is unfortunate because he's in competition with Stephen Pearson, who since the start of the season has been excellent," Davies told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"Unfortunately for Jonah, Pearo plays in his position and the competition is between the two. We need that competition all over the pitch. We need one good player playing and one good player sitting and waiting for his opportunity.
"Jonah will just have to wait for his opportunity because Pearo is playing so well."
He added: "Over this long, hard season we will need the whole squad. What we have is two excellent left-sided midfield players who are very capable of playing in this division."