Jack Rodwell says he is ready to put his injury woes of the past few months behind him as he aims to get Manchester City's season back on track.
Rodwell cost City £12 million when he signed from Everton last summer but has since made only nine appearances. Hamstring problems have been the main source of Rodwell's frustration and he was out for more than three months between October and January.
"I have been working really hard, keeping up my work and feeling as fit as ever. There is great competition, and I knew that when I joined, so I have to be patient, keep working, and see what happens.
"The manager knows how versatile I can be - I can play along the back as well, so I hope that is to my benefit in getting a few more games.
"My main aim now is to stay fit. That has been my main problem for the last year or so, an inability to stay fit and shrug off little injuries. That has held me back and I think, if I can stay fit, the games will come."
Rodwell revealed he has been thorough in his rehabilitation in an effort to get back on the pitch. The 21-year-old is hopeful this hard work will see him avoid future troubles after he came on in the second half of City's FA Cup triumph over Leeds.
He said: "You have to rule out everything and then nothing can be a problem. I think it has worked, but it is more to do with the gym work I have been doing with City.
"The physios have highlighted that and done a really good job. I have stuck to a six or seven-week programme where I have not had a day off.
"I have hammered the work, done a lot of hamstring work and luckily, touch wood, it has worked. I intend to keep that up for the rest of my career. Hopefully I will stay fit and strong."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.