Michael Carrick is desperate to make up for lost time after missing most of Manchester United's season so far.
The former Spurs midfielder has made just three Premier League appearances this term after following up the virus he picked up in Nigeria by breaking a bone against Liverpool in September.
Carrick made his first-team return in United's 2-0 league success over former club West Ham and the England international is hoping to become a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's team in the coming weeks.
The 27-year-old is enjoying working on his fitness in training, but says there is no substitute for improving match sharpness by getting games under your belt.
Swing of things
"It is just a case of getting back into the swing of things really," he said.
"It has been a long time since I have played and a long time since I have had a run of games.
"It all goes back to Nigeria really. Then I played a tiny bit of the Community Shield, 25 minutes of the first game against Newcastle, then half a game against Liverpool, so in three months I have had very little football.
"I have worked as hard as I can in training to get fit but there is nothing like playing games."