Alan Judge says fellow Notts County midfielder Gavin Mahon is a "pivotal" player and has been sorely missed.
Mahon, 34, returned in last week's FA Cup win over Accrington Stanley after three weeks out with a groin injury.
Notts failed to win any of the three matches without Mahon and Judge told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He is a good player and we've missed him.
"Gavin is as cool as you like on the ball. He gets the ball down, moves it about and is a good pivotal point."
Holding midfielder Mahon, who signed an 18-month deal with the Magpies in the summer, was injured in the League One game against Brentford on 22 October and had to be replaced after 25 minutes.
Since then Notts have drawn with Bury and Wycombe Wanderers and were beaten by Colchester United.
And manager Martin Allen is well aware of how important Mahon is to the side.
"He can't run around much but does the job we need him to do," Allen said.
"All the others can run. There are a lot of athletes in this team. It is good to have him sat there as he can pop it and move it."