Victor Anichebe is adamant his injury problems are a thing of the past, as he sets his sights on rediscovering his best form for Everton in the new campaign.
In only his second pre-season outing against DC United on Saturday, the 23-year-old Nigerian international showed glimpses of his undoubted potential when he opened the scoring in the Toffees' 3-1 victory in Washington.
Now determined to build some momentum going into 2011-12, after missing the opening four month's of last season due to an ankle injury picked up prior to the opening game, a time that Anichebe reflects on as the most difficult of his short Blues career.
"Last season I felt so good in pre-season and I got injured right towards the end of pre-season," he told evertontv. "I thought I was doing really well, I felt fit and strong and then I got injured. It was a bitter blow to swallow but I had good friends, family and the manager who showed a lot of faith in me."
Speaking after the friendly victory, David Moyes echoed Anichebe's confidence, and strong belief in his ability. "Victor has great potential; probably a lot of people seeing him for the first time (against DC) would say 'wow', he's a really good player.
"He has had a few injuries and if he can get rid of them he has got things you can't buy; great strength, great pace and power, and he took his goal very well."
Anichebe admits he has learned a lot from his spell on the sidelines, as he plans to hit the ground running in the forthcoming campaign.
"Sometimes you need to take your mind away from football, it's our job and we love it but there's a lot more to think about," he added. "It puts things into perspective when you're injured, it helps you learn. I pray that the injuries are past me and that I can show what I'm capable of."
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