Loic Remy insists he can fill the void left by the banned Diego Costa at Chelsea.
The striker admitted his substitute role has been difficult but he is ready to convince Jose Mourinho to hand him more starts.
Costa has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association following a clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on Saturday.
The incident, in which Costa appeared to raise his hands to the Gunners defender, was not seen by referee Mike Dean during the match, which Chelsea won 2-0 as Arsenal were reduced to nine men.
Costa was banned for Wednesday’s 4-1 League Cup win at Walsall as Remy scored his first goal of the season and the 28-year-old insisted he is ready to perform the striker’s physical role ahead of tomorrow’s trip to former club Newcastle.
“I don’t have a choice, I have to do it. When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best 100 per cent, so of course I will do the best I can,” he said.
“I think we will miss him because we know how important he is for the team but we are all focused on winning games.”