Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul admits his enforced absence through injury came at the 'worst moment'.
Kaboul made his first appearance for Spurs in over three months at the weekend when he started the 3-2 home victory over Stoke City in the Premier League.
He had initially been sidelined by a knee problem before picking up a thigh strain as he stepped up his quest for a first-team comeback.
The 25-year-old could feature against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening and is still disappointed that his injury curtailed his prospects of establishing himself in the France national squad.
"My knee injury? I have still not swallowed it," Kaboul told L'Equipe. "Moreover, I then immediately picked up a strained thigh muscle.
"It happened at the worst moment because I wanted to go on with Les Bleus.
"That will be for another time. I still hope to be part of the national team coach's plans. Anyway, I will do my very best to be part of them."
Kaboul also revealed the passion and intensity that he experiences in the Premier League, having initially moved to England from Auxerre in 2007.
He added: "In England, every weekend you have to give back what the fans have given you - some even love their club more than their family.
"Even during cup matches against lower division teams, you can't be lax.
"You know you will have to endure a mad afternoon, finishing the match with 100 headers and 25 tackles. You have to be ready for that."
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