Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge is hoping his nightmare start to the new season is now behind him and has targeted an extended run in the first team.
The Blues and England left-back has not made a Premier League appearance this season after suffering a serious hip injury on the eve of the new campaign.
The 27-year-old was sent for surgery during the pre-season tour to America and has made his comeback only recently in Champions League and Carling Cup games.
Bridge also picked up a red card on a reserve team outing which delayed his league comeback still further, but in the absence of Ashley Cole through injury, the former Southampton defender is looking to dislodge makeshift left-back Paulo Ferreira from manager Avram Grant's plans.
"I'm fighting with Paulo at the moment, and he has played well at left-back," he said.
"It's been disappointing being suspended, but I'm hoping I can play the next game.
"It's my most frustrating start to a season, definitely. I was having problems at the end of last season and didn't really find out what it was until the beginning of this, which is a bit disappointing.
"But I'm feeling good at the moment and hopefully it can stay that way."