Clinton Morrison has not ruled out the possibility that he might make the starting lineup for Birmingham City against Aston Villa - even though Emile Heskey and Walter Pandiani are expected to form the striking partnership at St Andrew's on Sunday.
Morrison is more likely to start from the substitutes' bench but, given his inherent optimism, he has no doubts that he will have some part to play in a match he regards as the biggest of his Premiership season.
"It is disappointing, for sure," Morrison said.
"I have to accept that the gaffer [Steve Bruce] has recently preferred Emile and Walter for the striking positions. But I know I have the ability and the right attitude to fight for my place in the team.
"It is about knowing you are the best and proving that you are the best. That is the only attitude a striker can have.
"But I am confident of my own career at Birmingham so there are no problems. The gaffer has spoken to me about it and he wants me to stay and sign a new contract.
"That means a lot to me and it proves that I have a future here and that there is something to work towards.
"This season I have played the best football of my career, so it has been memorable from that point of view. But there have been the disappointments, like the injury when playing for Ireland and being left out of the team.
"But I have not ruled out the possibility of starting in the match against Villa because I am an optimistic person."