Southampton striker Charlie Austin has admitted to the Sun that his season has been a frustrating one so far.
Austin moved from Queens Park Rangers to Southampton during the January transfer window, but his progress at St. Mary’s has been blocked by injury.
The 26-year-old has made just five appearances for the Saints so far, and he is currently on the treatment table with a hamstring problem.
Austin is expected to make a return before the end of the month and he is determined to make up for lost time by firing Southampton into a top six place.
“I want to get back from injury, finish the season strongly and look to stay in the European positions,” Austin said.
“I’m coming along OK. Rehab has gone really well so it’s just steady steps at the moment.
“I hope to be back by the end of the month.
“It’s been frustrating with injuries (this season) but I’ve scored 11 goals, I’ve played 21 games and so am at a goal every other game and my career has been exactly the same stat.
“I’ve done OK on that but I’m just frustrated I haven’t played as many games as I would have liked. But that’s football.”
Austin had a disrupted first half of the season at QPR, and he has not been able to put together a sustained run of games since.
He has already proved his quality at Southampton, however, as he scored the winner against Manchester United.
Austin nodded home on his debut at Old Trafford, in what was his most memorable moment of his Saints career to date.
When Austin does return to fitness, he will be competing with the likes of Shane Long and Graziano Pelle for a place in Ronald Koeman’s team.