Craig Bryson has admitted to Derby County's official site that this season has been a very frustrating one for him so far.
The central-midfielder has been ruled out since the very first game, and he admits that he has a lot of work to do to win his place back now.
“We’ve signed some quality players in midfield since I got injured so I know it’s a battle to get into the team, just like it was at the start of the season," he said.
“The lads are flying at the minute and that is great to see; the Chairman has invested really well and the ambition the club has is fantastic.
“I wanted to give the new head coach a selection headache and be in his plans so it has been frustrating for me but that’s gone now."
Derby are loaded with options in the middle of the pitch, after they brought in both Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield on deadline day.
Johnson, in particular, has made a brilliant start in the iPro Stadium, and Bryson will now struggle to dislodge him from their starting line-up.
The 28-year-old could still have a key part to play if he can get back to his best though, as he has proven his quality in the Championship on numerous occasions in the past.
Bryson has scored 21 times in the past two seasons, and if he can offer that goal threat again, his return will be vital, as Derby aim for promotion.