Barcelona forward David Villa admits he cannot wait for the 2012/13 campaign to get underway, as he looks to awaken from his injury nightmare and return to full fitness.
Villa has spent the last seven months on the sidelines after suffering a broken tibia.
The Spain international picked up the unfortunate injury during the World Club Cup in December, with his season brought to an abrupt halt.
Villa was forced to watch on as Barca surrendered their Primera Liga crown to arch-rivals Real Madrid and his international colleagues defended their European Championship crown.
He is, however, raring to go ahead of the new season and is desperate to get back out on the field in pre-season training.
Villa told Mundo Deportivo: "This is the summer I have most desire for the holidays to end and to be able to go to work already. It is also the summer I have enjoyed least.
"I have passed a check-up with the Barcelona doctors and I am desperate to return to normal training with my team-mates, not training separately."
Villa has also taken the opportunity to praise the efforts of those who led Spain to Euro 2012 glory.
He added: "We have to be proud of this team.
"You can play better or worse but this team always shows face. They are the only ones that have been capable of winning three consecutive major titles."