Franck Ribery has pleaded with Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal to be given more full games.
The France winger played 90 minutes in Saturday's 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, which was his first full first-team game since suffering an ankle injury in September.
Relations have been strained between Ribery and Van Gaal since the Bayern boss accused the 27-year-old of being lacklustre in a recent friendly game which was organised for his benefit.
But Ribery issued a plea for more game-time on Tuesday and is hoping to keep his place for Saturday's trip to face Schalke.
"Now I must continue to play 90 minutes," he told German newspaper Bild.
"I need some more match practice and playing rhythm.
"Then I will feel better from game to game and my goal is to get back to top form."
Ribery responded to Van Gaal's comments by saying he wished the coach had spoken to him in person, rather than directly to the press, and Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger reprimanded the coach for not dealing with the issue internally.
But Ribery is now eager to get back to full fitness and help Bayern kick-start their title defence.
Saturday's victory put them fifth in the league, trailing Borussia Dortmund by 14 points after winning just six of their opening 14 games.