Tom Cleverley has admitted to Everton’s official website that he has been frustrated with his time at Goodison Park so far.
Cleverley made an encouraging start to life at Everton, but an untimely injury in August has stunted his progress.
And the former Manchester United man has grown tired of watching from the sidelines, while his teammates have pieced together a strong opening to the campaign.
“The last few months have been massively frustrating,” he said. “I don’t think any player wants to get injured but when you are settling in at a new club and finding your feet pretty quickly – which I thought I was – then it is even more so.
“You have just got to back yourself to come back from it, work as hard as ever, and hope that, when I do get back into the team, it feels like I have never been away.”
In Cleverley’s absence, Everton have made it into ninth position in the Premier League table, and they appear capable of challenging in the upper echelons of the table.
The England international, therefore, faces a fight to win his place in the team back – but he is delighted to have made it off the treatment table now.
“I am as fit as ever now and raring to go now,” he declared.
Cleverley could come into Everton’s plans for their clash with Aston Villa at the weekend, and he will be eager to impress against his former loan employers.
Villa are in serious trouble, and currently sit five points adrift of safety, but there will be no time for sympathy as Everton could move up as high as seventh with a win on Saturday.