Marcus Godinho insisted he is ready to take his opportunity should the chance arise on Sunday when Hearts take on Motherwell at Fir Park.
Regular starter Michael Smith tore a thigh muscle in last weekend's win over Auchinleck Talbot allowing the Canadian a chance for his first start since the win over St Johnstone three weeks ago.
"Mick’s been great so it’s been tough to get myself in the team but obviously with him being out it’ll provide a lot more opportunities for me. I’m gutted for him but at the same time it’s an opportunity for me so I’m excited."
Craig Levein described Marcus as "unlucky" as the right-back was unable to capitalise on good form due to Kilmarnock's plastic pitch - a surface which Marcus is not risked on.
"I feel it’s too soon right now for me to risk it on astro so we thought it was better to just leave that game and look forward to the following ones," Marcus said. "It can be tough, for me it was tough because I’d played against St Johnstone, done well, scored, and the boys went to Kilmarnock and did really well and I since then I haven’t been back in the team, but that’s football."
With Demetri Mitchell also out, there is another space in the starting eleven to fill and Marcus was certain his teammates would be able to step up to the plate.
"Our turnover has been ridiculous. Almost everyone in the starting eleven has been injured at some point, so it’s really important that we have squad depth, which we do this year.
"All the boys who aren’t in the team right away are working on the side doing extra. Everyone been getting a chance and to be honest, everyone has been doing alright when they’ve got one.
"Everyone wants to play and with all the injuries boys are getting their chance. Boys who are normally in the eleven are relying on other people to pick it up and everyone has been doing well when they’ve come in and everyone has been brought together a lot more than in previous years."
Looking ahead to the match against Motherwell, the 22-year-old admitted it was going to be a challenge to leave Lanarkshire with all three points.
"They’ve been in great form, it’s going to be a tough game but the boys are up for it. Everyone believes it and our performances of late have shown it. We’ve had big away results like the one in Kilmarnock. The boys are all really confident and we’re up for it."