Freddy Eastwood has pleaded with Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy not to rest him following his return from international duty next week.
The summer signing, who despite making a bright start to his Molineux career has struggled to get into Wolves' team so far this season, expressed his concern that he will be back on the bench for the Black Country derby on November 25.
The 24-year-old is currently away with Wales and with Craig Bellamy injured expects to spearhead his country's attack at home to the Republic of Ireland in Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.
But the former Southend United striker is conscious his previous two trips with his adopted nation have seen him then left out by McCarthy.
Wales manager John Toshack even waded in on Eastwood's behalf last month to express his dismay the star has not been starting more domestically and the player is desperate to avoid the axe when he returns to the Black Country.
"It's been very frustrating," admitted Eastwood, who has two goals in four appearances for Wales and just four for Wolves.
"It was very strange to be dropped coming back from doing well on international duty.
"The first time I went back after I had scored and the manager told me he was going to rest me and we went on to lose that game at Sheffield United.
"I've been in and out of the team but I've been in the last two games and Wolves have been doing well so I'm feeling confident.
"Coming here I hope if I can get a couple of goals for my country it's better for me when I go back to my club. I've got to make sure I am nice and sharp and in good shape when I go back for Wolves.
"I know John Toshack said he thought I should be playing more for Wolves but Mick McCarthy didn't ask too much about that and he was totally fine so there's no issue there."
Eastwood and McCarthy have recently talked about the player's lack of action and - following Eastwood's bright performance against Southampton last week, appear to have reconciled any issues.