Summer signing Luka Modric has blamed his disappointing start to life at Tottenham Hotspur on a knee injury.
The 23-year-old Croatia playmaker has struggled to impose himself in the Premier League following his £12million arrival from Dinamo Zagreb during the summer.
Modric has seen his reputation of being one of the brightest attacking talents in European football which he furthered at Euro 2008 stall during Spurs' dismal start to the new season.
However, the out-of-sorts forward has now attempted to explain his patchy form on a knee injury.
He claimed: "I am not satisfied with my performances at Tottenham. I have to do better and I can do better.
"The problem has been a knee problem it has been causing me pain."
Meanwhile, Croatia coach Slaven Bilic is looking to boost the confidence of his attacking talisman during the current international break.
"I am worried about the results at Tottenham, where some of our key players are playing - Vedran Corluka and in particular Luka Modric," he said.
"Luka is aware the situation is not good. He is aware that more is expected of him and that he has to lead the others.
"One of the things we must do at team headquarters is help set him on the right road."