Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes is confident that he will return stronger from his injury hell ahead of La Liga resuming this weekend.
The Portuguese has played just 193 minutes of first-team football this season after undergoing thigh surgery in May, but while he admits he was too eager to make his comeback – as seen by his substitution against Real Betis – he now feels ready to help Los Che rise up the table.
“I've had time to work hard and get back to 100 percent [during the international break] because I ended the match in Bilbao very tired,” he told Superdeporte.
“We're a very strong team and I feel a lot of support [from the club], but anyone can play.
“[On his operation], it was the first time it happened to me, and it hurt a little to a little look at my teammates because I wanted to play with them.
“I could've handled the situation better, but I just wanted to get back playing. I was very tired but felt great.
“I suffered a little problem against Betis and was forced to miss three or four games, but I've had time to recover and I hope to return stronger this time.
“[On Valencia's poor form], it's difficult to explain because this time last year we were winning games 3-1, 3-0 and 4-0, but it's normal that people compare our situation now with last season.
“However, it's only the start of the season and we'll soon turn the page because we're working towards doing so.
“The players are giving their all. It's important that they're committed to changing the situation.
“One thing I can promise is that I'll always give everything for the fans and my teammates.”