Preston North End midfielder John Welsh is hoping to force his way back into the team and regain the captaincy.
Welsh, 30, has struggled with a calf problem this season and has made just three starts so far this term.
In his absence, centre-back Tom Clarke has led the side and North End sit in the League One play-off places.
"I've always said I'm really proud to captain this football club, it means so much to me," Welsh told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"Clarkey has done really well, he's a natural leader. It's obviously the gaffer's decision and I'll respect that.
"I'll be gutted, I won't lie, but we're here to win games as a football club, and me not being captain doesn't matter.
"As long as we get promoted this year, Clarkey might let me lift the trophy with him."