Celtic's Stuart Armstrong has missed a number of games already this season through injury.
Stuart Armstrong has admitted to the Daily Record that his overriding feeling about the season so far has been one of frustration.
The Bhoys central midfielder started the campaign in good form, and looked set to play a big part for Ronny Deila's side, however a succession of injury problems have curtailed his progress.
The 23-year-old picked up a thigh problem in the early part of the new term, before hurting his back last month.
And the former Dundee United man admits that he has found it difficult having to watch from the sidelines.
“It’s quieter around the training ground [during the international break] but it’s nice to have a few days focusing on getting my fitness back," he said to the Daily Record. "Earlier in the season, I came back and it was too soon, so then we made the decision not to rush and be patient.
“This is an important time for me because we don’t have a game for another week and a half, so that’s good for me to build up slowly.
“Being injured is never fun and very frustrating. I’ve never been good at it."
Armstrong's return to fitness will be a welcome one by Deila, as the demands of Celtic's campaign start to grow.
The Bhoys are looking to compete in the SPFL, where they are still chasing Aberdeen at the top of the league, and they are also hoping to make it through in the Europa League.
It means Deila needs all the players in his squad available to choose from, to ensure that fatigue from their gruelling schedule does not negatively impact on his team.
Armstrong is expected to be back available for selection after the international break, when Celtic take on Motherwell.