Marco Ruben is ready to grab his chance at Villarreal.

The Argentine forward gets a rare opportunity tonight against Almeria in Nilmar's absence.

"It's a big responsibility, but I hope to be up to the task and to help the team," he said.

And Cani, who has just signed a new contract to remain at the club for three more seasons, could step in for another injury victim, Marcos Senna, in the defensive midfield slot.

"We have to do as well as we can in his absence so that the boss (coach Garrido) has faith in us," he said.