Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has revealed his frustration at a succession of injury setbacks preventing his progression at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old returned to United in the summer having enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Wigan, and began the new season a regular starter for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Many have touted Cleverley as an eventual successor to recently retired Paul Scholes, and the youngster certainly started the campaign in impressive fashion.
However, Cleverley initially sustained an ankle injury against Bolton in September, which left him sidelined for over a month.
Then, on his return to first team action, Cleverly further damaged his ankle, and has not featured for United since the end of October, and is not expected to be fit until Christmas.
And the England under-21 international has been disappointed to only make five appearances in the Barclays Premier League this term.
"I was in some good form," he told Sky Sports News. "I was happy with how the team was playing and not just myself.
"I'm really disappointed to be injured at the minute."