Sol Campbell has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he is ready to return to the side for the first time in two months.
The defender acknowledges the youngsters who have stood in for him have been 'fantastic' recently, though, which means he may be forced to wait for his chance to stake a claim for an England World Cup place.
Campbell, 31, has not played for Arsenal since the February 1 defeat by West Ham when he left Highbury at half-time after the last in a series of disappointing displays.
Injury has delayed his comeback but he was on the bench for the Gunners' goalless Champions League quarter-final second leg against Juventus last night.
'When the manager picks me and wants me to play, I'm ready,' Campbell told Sky Sports News.
'It's all there now, so I'm just waiting for my chance.
'I want to get a few games under my belt, so we'll have to see what happens for the rest of the season.
'I'm physically fit and the sharpness should be okay with a couple of games.
'I'm looking forward to it and the side is playing fantastically, so I'll have to wait for my time.'
Arsenal's progression to their first Champions League semi-final in Turin last night also saw them earn a record eighth successive clean sheet in the competition.
And Campbell is full of praise for the likes of Philippe Senderos, Emmanuel Eboue, Mathieu Flamini and Kolo Toure.
'It's nice because whoever has come in has done well, so that's fantastic,' he added.
'You need that as a team, there's either been a few changes or a few injuries and things like that and you need to keep the performances up. It's brilliant, I'm happy.'