Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he is had found to hard to stay positive after all his injury problems.
Injury-plagued star Wilshere has yet to feature this season after suffering a hairline fracture to his leg on the eve of the new season.
The 24-year-old has struggled with a series of injuries for the last few seasons, missing the entire 2011/12 campaign with a persistent ankle problem and he also missed three months last season with another ankle injury.
Wilshere is working his way back to fitness and is hoping to be back in action in March to help Arsenal's Premier League title bid and prove his fitness ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France with England.
"I’m back on the pitch and I’m just trying to build my fitness up because everyone knows how tough it is to play in the Premier League. I’m working on it and I’m slowly getting there," Wilshere told Arsenal's official website.
"Sometimes it's been difficult to stay positive, especially after the injuries that I've had which have been frustrating.
"But as the injury goes, you get closer to full fitness and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, then you start to think about coming back and getting involved in the team."
Despite stuttering in the Premier League title race in recent weeks by dropping down to fourth, Wilshere remains confident they can go all the way and win the championship feeling the team has matured and become close-knit in the last few years.
"We've had a strong season and we're in a position this year where we can really go for it," added Wilshere. "In the past we've struggled around Christmas and before we've given ourselves no chance really, but this year we're [close to the top] with important players coming back. Hopefully they can help us.
"We've added a world-class goalkeeper and he's been massive for us with his experience. Apart from that, the team's the same and I think a big part of [us challenging] is because we've been together for a few years and the younger British players have started to mature a bit and that's really helped."