“For me, it was a difficult start (to the season) but I just kept going, kept training and kept fit," he told the club's official site. "I knew the opportunity would come at some point in the season. It’s normal, injuries happen and the manager needs different kinds of players.
“I’m just trying to help as much as I can and these next two games will be very important for the club’s future. We hope we can win these two games.
“We have two finals really. If we win, we will qualify for the Champions League for next year."
The Brazilian midfielder has been at the club for 10 years, but is expected to move on to pastures new at the end of the season.