Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe has admitted to frustration over his substitute roles in the opening two games of the season.
The 34-year-old, who joined the Cherries on a free transfer this summer, has come on as a substitute in the defeats to West Brom and Watford respectively.
When asked if he is itching to get his first start, he said: "Itching to start? Yes, of course I am – everybody wants to play and I think the manager knows I'm ready now.
"I remember I missed a couple of pre-season games with Sunderland but I played the first game of the season and I felt sharp, so it doesn't take me long to get my fitness. Like I said, everyone wants to play, not just me."