Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says his current injury has been the "hardest to take" and is wary of rushing back to action too soon.
Wilshere, 23, underwent surgery on his left fibula in September, his sixth operation in just four years. The England international has not played this season as a result but could be back in contention during the festive period, according to latest reports.
While his spells on the sidelines have been a constant source of frustration, the England international says his previous bouts of rehabilitation can help ensure he hits the ground running as soon as possible when he does feature in Arsene Wenger's first-team plans.
"It's going well," he told Arsenal Player. "I'm working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I've been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I'm not going to rush it. I'll make sure my body's right and at the moment I'm feeling good.
"Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.
"I thought, 'This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me'. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take."
Arsenal have been beset by injuries throughout the last month with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott joining a long injury list that already includes Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck.
Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to be fit again for Saturday's league match against West Brom, while Welbeck says his recovery is a "slow and steady" process.