Maxime Colin hopes he has now put his injury worries behind him and is eager to help Brentford finish their tumultuous campaign as strongly as possible.
After a two-month layoff with knee ligament damage sustained in September, the Frenchman returned in December before a groin injury in late-February put him out of action until Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.
And after making just 16 appearances in his first season in England since joining from Anderlecht last summer, Colin is keen to make up for lost time and stay injury-free.
Colin told GetWestLondon : “My injury is really good. The physios here at Brentford have worked really hard with me, they have a good team and I have worked really hard with them to come back stronger.
“Now I just need to keep my fingers crossed that I can keep my fitness levels up and not get injured – I haven’t played a lot since I came here, but I will try to not be injured again next season."
In pictures: Maxime Colin's first season at Brentford
Colin also praised the effect of the latest international break on Dean Smith’s side but is wary of the threat Ipswich Town will pose in the fixture at Portman Road on Saturday in their search for a third win from three games.
He said: “We were in a bad situation before these two games so the break was really good for everything.
“Everyone has had a chance to recover, to think about other things and spend time with their families and now we have come back and everything is much better – it’s very good for the mentality of the squad.
“Of course, when you are a professional and you lose games you are never happy, but we only need one more win to be safe.
“We will try to make it three wins in a row against Ipswich and it’s going to be tough because they are a good team – they want to get into the playoffs, so it will be difficult.
“If we draw against Ipswich I think it will be a good result but I hope we will not concede a goal as that will be very good for the confidence."
The right-back also called for a positive outcome from the remaining seven fixtures in order to prepare for 2016/17 – and pick up where they left off at the end of last season.
He explained: “To prepare for next season, we need to finish strongly so we need a lot of wins – after a lot of bad games we need to finish really strong to be ready for the next season and to start well.
“We have players like Judgey and Vibe who can score all the time – we have to be focused as a team to not concede a goal, and after we will have an opportunity to win."