TEHRAN (Tasnim) Iran international winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh is feeling good and is ready to play for the Brighton and Hove Albion. - Sports news - He missed 14 weeks of his first Premier League season due to the injury.
A hamstring problem kept him out for his club and limited his contribution to Iran's Asian Cup campaign.
"It just happens and it's part of football. Once I was fit, I had to go for international duties so it was a tough time, to be honest. Mentally and physically, it was a tough time but I just passed that difficulty and now I am in good form. I feel good, I need to play more games to get back to confidence," Jahanbakhsh told Argus.
"It was a rupture in the right leg. Just a normal hamstring doesn't take that long but it took more than normal for me. Even before I went to the Asian Cup, I was fit but it was a risk probably to re-injure it."
"The gaffer didn't take that risk with me and it came up to international duty and I had to go. It was official time that I had to leave the club. Probably it wasn't the right time because I was really looking forward to getting back to full fitness and playing in games for the club," he added.
"But I had to go and play internationals which was important for the country back home. It was a risk to play probably at the beginning but they (Iran national team coaching staff) were really careful with me and they also promised the club they were going to look after me and not force anything," Jahanbakhsh stated.
"I was there doing my things for the national team but I was also looking forward to getting back to my club. Now, finally, I am back. It was a little bit of a disappointing result in the semi-final for us but I just put it behind me and now I'm back and trying to do my best for the club," Jahanbakhsh declared.