Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has asked Leon Balogun to always be ready to step when needed.
The Super Eagles defender has played four Premier League games this season, starting once against Liverpool in August.
Balogun is behind Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk in the central defensive pecking order for the Seagulls.
But with Duffy set to miss the next three games through suspension, the former Mainz man would get his opportunities to impress.
“Leon [Balogun] is an experienced player who can step into the side. He played against Manchester United and he trains very well all the time,” Hughton told reporters in a press conference.
“The reason for that is because he’s behind two very consistently performing players. But he knows that he has to keep applying himself when circumstances like this one arise and opportunities come up.”
Brighton travel to the Turf More on Saturday where the face Burnley.