Brentford's Sergi Canos is itching for a start after coming through the most frustrating spell of his fledgling career.
Having finished last season in fine form following his return to the Bees on a permanent transfer, the former Liverpool winger picked up an injury against Celta Vigo in pre-season.
Making his comeback in the goalless draw at Aston Villa in September, Canos lasted barely half an hour before going off with a knock again and spending another month and a half on the sideines.
He has since been eased back with late cameos in the Bees' last five games, and has impressed enough to be pushing for a start.
“I'm feeling very good, I'm feeling sharp and quick, and I'm feeling ready for whenever the manager wants me to start,” said Canos. “We will never know how I am really doing until I get the start, but I think I'm ready.
“It's been very frustrating as I was in my best form since I came here, and to get the injury against Celta, and then take a step back again against Aston Villa, was tough time for me. But all that matters is the present, and I'm ready to go again.”
Canos' return last January coincided with that of fellow Spaniard Jota, with the two combining to great effect at times. But while his compatriot has since joined Birmingham City, Canos still feels the Bees have impressive attacking options.
“We don't have Jota but that doesn't make any difference,” he said. “We have Olly (Watkins) and Flo (Jozefzoon) now – we have very good players who can take defences on, and hopefully I can add to that.”
Following an impressive substitute appearance at Cardiff last weekend, Bees fans were perhaps surprised not to see Canos start against Burton on Tuesday night.
He once again looked lively when he came on to give head coach Dean Smith food for thought ahead of Monday night's Championship derby at QPR.
“We (Canos and fellow sub Josh McEachran) tried to do what the manager asked and change the game, and we're happy we scored straight away, but not happy with the result,” he added.
“First half wasn't that good, second half we had more of the ball and they didn't create anything, so it was really frustating. We need to see out games like that as that's what the best teams will do.”