Mido hoping for dream ending

Mido: Frustrating time

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Middlesbrough striker Mido is hoping to end a miserable season on a high by picking up an FA Cup winner's medal.

The Egyptian international has been blighted by injuries since his summer switch from Tottenham and has been restricted to just 13 appearances in all competitions.

However, with Boro set to welcome Championship side Cardiff to the Riverside on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the cup, Mido remains hopeful that his season will not be a complete write-off.

Emotional

"Some injuries are really more difficult because you don't know when you're going to be back," he said.

"It was very difficult emotionally and mentally for me.

"Now all I'm trying to do is to play well for the last 10 games of the season and have a good run in the FA Cup.

"If I can do that, I will be very happy.

Deserved

"To win the cup would be massive for us," he continued.

"We're really dreaming about it and I think we deserve to dream about it.

"I've been in England now more than three years and I know how big the FA Cup is.

"I think most of the lads here, even the new lads, know how big it is.

"It will be great for us to get to the final or to the semi-final."

Disappointing

Mido's career on Teesside had begun brightly after finding the target in his opening two games and he admits that the injury came at a frustrating time on both a domestic and international level.

"My injury this season has been a big disappointment for me, especially the timing," he said.

"I have missed the African (Nations) Cup and have missed an important period with the club.

"It came after I started to play well.

"Of course I'm not in top form yet but I'm fighting to get back in top form.

"I'm doing everything possible on the training ground to get back in my best form. But it's not easy when you've been injured for three or four months."