Lucas Digne has clarified how his mindset caused him to bob back from a dreadful injury in half of the time anticipated.
Everton's left-back has uncovered the chance to get back playing was all the inspiration he expected to make a rapid recovery from a fractured lower leg.
The 27-year-old Frenchman had been set to miss up to a month and a half given the training ground injury, yet he returned to action sooner than expected.
What's more, Digne shone in hisPremier League
return as he provided an assist in his side's 2-1 triumph over Wolves.
“In my mind I never accepted to be out for two or three months, I was tackled from behind in training and was very unfortunate. I know that a fractured ankle and torn ligaments are potentially a very bad injury, but in my mindset it was not." he said.
“I always thought that this would not be a big mountain I had to climb - just a little hill, where I could run to the top. And when you set your mind to do something, then your body gets stronger - at least I believe that.
“I always want to be on the pitch, of course - to help my team and my club, to make the fans proud. So to be injured is hell. But actually, in some strange way I enjoyed the hard work to get back even stronger - and I have worked on other parts of my body - to get back better.”
He was enchanted to get back with his fifth assist in only nine league excursions in the interim.
“I was so happy to get back in the Premier League with a win against Wolves, and personally of course with an assist,” he said. “It was an amazing feeling to be honest.”
The French international was asked about his training and development drills.
“Of course, I develop all the time as a player - and as a person,” he said. “Every day in training I work hard to improve every small detail in my football. Also with assists and key passes.
“But honestly, I believe that I have just continued my style and my form from my first two seasons at Everton.
“This was exactly my ambition when I chose to leave
. It was not easy to leave Barca because they wanted me to stay, but personally it was not enough in my two seasons there to play 20 and 26 games per season even though we had an amazing team.
“I needed to play every game - and I have done that since I arrived in Englandand found exactly what I was searching for in Everton’s exciting project to build a great future.”
“I enjoy the style in the Premier League and at Everton - just like I enjoyed the Barca style,” he said. “They are two very different ways of playing football, but both are good for me. Playing in different clubs, with different styles, and in top leagues has helped me develop my game.
“Here in England, I can get a lot of crosses into the box, and I like to do that. We did not play like that in Barca.
“This season I am not taking as many free-kicks and corners as I did in my first two years at Everton. I have delivered key passes and assists from these set-pieces, so I am happy to continue delivering assists now from open play, and to help the team in this way is important for me.
“Actually, I focus on key passes, because I can control those - I can’t control if they become assists. I am happy when my foot gives a key pass, and of course it counts a lot more if a team-mate turns it into a goal - but my pass is basically the same if we score or not.”