Manchester City midfielder Ousmane Dabo has admitted that he has endured a difficult time since his summer transfer from Lazio to Stuart Pearce's mid-table side.
The 29-year-old French midfielder was suspended for three matches following his red card at Reading in September, and then a medial knee ligament injury kept him on the sidelines for six weeks.
He has not played since his dismissal against the Royals but is determined to show Pearce that he is worthy of a recall to the first team.
"So far, I've not had too many chances," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"When I won a place in the team, I was suspended for three matches, then I injured my knee. So I've not played since September. It's been a difficult period to get through.
"I need to start from scratch to win back my place in the starting line-up. At the moment, the coach is finding that the team works well. He doesn't want to change things around too much. He's asked me to be patient.
"So I'm going to have to push myself, but I'm keeping my confidence. When I come back, I'll be even stronger. I'm determined to get through this."