Tomas Pekhart will get the chance to prove his worth to Nurnberg coach Michael Wiesinger on Sunday as he benefits from an injury to Daniel Ginczek to lead the Bavarians' attack at Werder Bremen.
Ginczek has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a broken toe, meaning Pekhart, who lost his place to the new signing in the summer, can expect a lengthy run in the team.
``We know that we can rely on him,'' Wiesinger said.
``For Peki, it was tough psychologically, but he accepted that Daniel was ahead of him in the pecking order and has always given it his all in training.
``He enjoys a very, very strong status within the squad.''
Pekhart's last goal for the club came on the penultimate day of last season, when he scored in a 3-2 win in Sunday's corresponding fixture, and Wiesinger would gladly take a repeat of that result at the Weserstadion.
``I know that four points is too little so far,'' the coach said. ``We need a win as quickly as possible.''
Bremen are also hungry for victory after ending a three-game losing streak by beating Hamburg 2-0 in a northern Germany derby last weekend.
``We've got to take the hunger and tenacity with us from that game because only 90 per cent is not going to be enough,'' said their coach Robin Dutt, who has Zlatko Junuzovic back in contention.
``Zladdi has trained all week and it's looking very good,'' Dutt said. ``I fully expect him to be back in the squad.''
Aleksandar Ignjovski is out, however.
``With Felix Kroos, Mehmet Ekici and Zlatko, we have three alternatives who can replace the injured Iggy,'' Dutt added.