Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told his out of favour midfielder Niko Kranjcar that he still has a future at the club, despite not yet starting a game this season.
The Croatian was expected to play against Arsenal in the League Cup on Tuesday night, but was again on the bench, even though Redknapp made several changes.
The signing of Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has left Kranjcar far down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, but Redknapp says he still has a part to play.
He told the Daily Star: "I've got a lot of games coming up and Niko is very much in my plans to play.
"David Bentley needed a game against Arsenal, but Niko played two internationals for Croatia in the last break.
"It wasn't like he was desperate to get a game this week. I felt he was OK.
"Giovani [dos Santos] and David needed to play and that is why I went with them."
Kranjcar's case is unlikely to be helped by the return of his Croatia team-mate Luka Modric, who has been passed fit to play against West Ham United on Saturday.
Modric has missed Spurs' last three games due to a foot injury, but his return will be a huge boost as Tottenham travel to Upton Park before taking on FC Twente in a vital Champions League clash on Wednesday.