The midfielder, who shone in the latter stages of last season and during the successful play-off campaign, was left out of Scott Parker‘s 25-man squad for the first half of the Premier League season following a knee ligament injury.
Onomah made two Premier League and two Carabao Cup appearances in the early weeks of the season before injury saw him cut from the squad list, which can now be changed with the January window open.
The former Tottenham man has been back training with Parker’s squad in recent weeks and is in line for a chance to impress this weekend.
While a number of other players to have been left out of the squad – including Jean Michael-Seri, Stefan Johansen and Kevin McDonald – could leave on loan this month, Onomah has no interest in leaving and is determined to force his way back onto the 25-man list for the remainder of the Premier League season.
Asked about Onomah’s position at the club, Parker said: “He was injured, he needed to get back up to speed and really it has worked pretty well. He wasn’t in the squad due to that.
“He has now been training with us for a few weeks so an opportunity for him at the weekend to get some minutes and game time and put himself there to get into this 25 man squad and help us for the remainder of the season.”
Those who are looking to get themselves a move could also be given a chance to show any suitors what they’re capable of in the west London derby.
“[That] definitely could be the case,” said Parker. “In terms of a game and where we are, there’s no denying we need to trim the squad down a little bit. We’ve got a big squad and a lot of bodies in there.
“But at the same time, it’s a big opportunity for them to show their quality and help us for the season.”