Aston Villa Ron Vlaar has spoken on his frustrations after being forced to sit out because of injury in recent weeks.
The defender made a brilliant start to the campaign, carrying on from his stellar World Cup, but his momentum was halted when he picked up a calf injury.
That kept him out for a number of weeks, but he has returned to full-fitness now and the Dutchman says it was great to be back in the team against Everton - despite the result.
"It's always frustrating being out," he said to Villa's official site. "I do a lot of work, I work really hard. But unfortunately this is a sport where things can happen with injuries.
"Obviously the result wasn't what we wanted against Everton - that was frustrating and we need to be better.
"The issue has generally been my calf so that's been annoying but it's great to be back involved again and fit to play.
"When you're out of action, you sit in the stands or watch the games at home and it's frustrating because you want to be out there with the lads helping the team.
"When you can't contribute and help, it's frustrating. It's not a good feeling."
Vlaar plays a key role in the Villa defence, and is arguably the most important member of Paul Lambert's team when fit.
The defender is reportedly wanted by some of the biggest clubs in England after a run of form, which has impressed all watchers.
Vlaar's lack of mobility was occasionally criticised during his initial time in the Premier League, but he has adapted to English football now and looks one of the finest centre-backs in the division.
His partnership with Philippe Senderos was a formidable one prior to his injury set-back and he will be hoping to build on their understanding at the back now he has returned to action.
Villa have struggled in Vlaar's absence and they will be grateful to have the centre-back in the team again as they look to return to winning ways after an encouraging start.