Scotland international John McGinn has revealed that he opened up to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith before his ankle injury, Birmingham Live reported.
The 25-year-old admits that injury may have come through putting immense pressure on himself in a bid to impress his boss, further admitting that it has been the most challenging time he has endured in his career.
“It’s definitely been the most difficult spell of my career by far," he told Villa TV.
"I’ve been very fortunate up to that point to not suffer any real, serious injury.
“I’d had a discussion with the manager, about getting back to my positive self, trying to surge the team forward.
"That was due to a few poor performances by myself, I was keen to make an impression – may be that keenness caught me out. I got my studs caught in the ground and when I heard the crack, I knew.
“That was the strangest feeling, to find out it was broken and to realise I would be at least three months without a game of football was tough to deal with.”
“I was itching to get back, everyone will tell you that," he added. "It’s given me a bit more time to get my body right, get the ankle right. So in that sense, it’s probably worked out better for me, but at the same time, I’ll be nearly six months without a game for Villa.
“It’s the longest I’ve ever been out injured, so it’s something new for me and I don’t really want to repeat it. It’s important for me to use the time and prepare right so when the games do return, I’m raring to go.”