Davide Somma admits he is fighting to “prove himself” to Leeds United after overcoming his latest injury set-back.
The striker has recovered from swelling on one knee and is training with United’s senior squad in the hope of finally restarting his career.
Somma’s four-and-a-half year spell at Elland Road has been badly affected by injuries and the recent problem with his knee was the legacy of two operations carried out after he suffered cruciate ligament damage in 2011.
A comeback made by him in December lasted for a matter of weeks before fresh concerns about his fitness began another period of rehabilitation but Somma insisted he was “feeling really good” after resuming full training. The coming months are crucial for the forward with his contract due to expire in June.
Somma, right, did not play at all in the 2011-12 season and has appeared only five times this term.
The South African international said: “I’m hoping to gain my spot again very soon. I want to be back and I want to score goals.
“I feel like I haven’t done anything here so far and I want to prove myself again. It’s been very difficult.
“I thank God for the strength and I thank everybody who’s been around me.”