Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie says his display in Wednesday's 4-3 Carling Cup defeat by Blackburn proves he is an option for boss Alan Pardew.
The 24-year-old has been limited to just three appearances due by the form of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote, who missed the match with a knee problem.
"It's been tough because the lads have done so well," the former Liverpool player told BBC Newcastle.
"But I think I showed tonight if anyone slips up or gets injured I'm ready."
Guthrie added: "I'm still not at my best, as every player knows you need a run of games to get back to your best."
The Shrewsbury-born schemer's first team opportunities have been affected by a recurrence of an ankle injury picked up in July's pre-season friendly at Darlington.
Defeat at Ewood Park ended the Magpies 11-match unbeaten start to the season, and interest in the competition for Pardew's squad.
Stoke provide the next opposition in Monday's Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium.
"There are a lot of positives, we're disappointed to be knocked out of the cup, as it was high on our agenda to be honest," Guthrie continued.
"We have to look forward to Stoke now and go forward with confidence knowing we're unbeaten in the league."