Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he will not be retiring soon despite his latest injury setback.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since late September, the latest in a succession of fitness problems that have dogged his career.
The Dutch winger recently told Dutch television that the idea of being forced to quit "haunt my thoughts and not just now", but he has now declared his determination to reclaim his place in the Bayern side.
"Yes, in the disappointment and the frustration that it is taking so long to make a comeback, I have had such thoughts" he told German newspaper Bild.
"It's really frustrating when you do everything for your job and your body cannot keep up.
"But I also said I have far too much fun playing football and scoring goals to retire of my own free will.
"Don't worry, I will soon be back again. Retirement? Absolutely not!"
Robben's words echo those of his father, Hans, who this week played down talk of his son retiring, while Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is confident the Dutchman will be back in a red shirt very soon.
"He trained on Tuesday without problems, I am optimistic he can play at the end of the week," said Heynckes.