Wales youngster Aaron Ramsey says "it is good to be back" ahead of the country's Euro 2012 qualifier against England, admitting his lengthy spell on the sidelines was a "frustrating time".
Ramsey has recently returned to the Arsenal side following nine months out with a broken leg, and his encouraging form has seen him called up for Saturday's clash at the Millennium Stadium.
The 20-year-old, who has not represented his country since November 2009, is relishing the chance to return to the international fold, claiming he is nearly back to his best.
"I've been out for a while so it's good to be back among the set-up and hopefully get my opportunity to play at the weekend," he said.
"I feel like I'm nearly there, very close to where I was before my injury. I feel that I've put in a few good performances recently and hopefully I can continue that against England."
The former Cardiff City midfielder revealed how tough it had been to see his promising career come to a standstill following a tackle from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, although he reserved special mention for his fans for helping him cope.
"I was out for nine months. It was a bit of a frustrating time for me," Ramsey told Sky Sports. "Before my injury I thought I was doing very well. I was just about to really kick on and play regularly and I felt good about myself and strong.
"Obviously when the injury happened, your career just stops and is put on hold from that moment on for a long time.
"I sort of dealt with it pretty well I thought. I had my friends and family around which took my mind off football. Another thing was a few people who have previously had injuries like mine were kind enough to ring me up as well and reassure me.
"Obviously the fans as well who sent me all their support messages, things like that helped me through the tough time I was going through."