Brentford winger Moses Odubajo says niggling injuries have affected his start to life at the club.
The 21-year-old has scored one goal in five appearances for the Bees since joining from Leyton Orient this summer.
"My fitness isn't where I would like it to be but the international break has helped me catch up to some of the boys," Odubajo told BBC London 94.9.
"It has not been the best of starts, in the injury sense, for me. I'm hoping now to play in as many games as I can."
The Championship newcomers paid a club-record fee, reported to be £1m, for Odubajo's services in June.
However, he was forced off at half-time in the opening day clash against Charlton.
"I have been carrying a knock since the Charlton game and the Birmingham game was the only game that I felt injury-free," he said.
"Unfortunately then in the Fulham game I did something to my ankle, which made me miss the Rotherham game."
Having been an ever-present last season for Leyton Orient, Odubajo says his fitness concerns have been challenging.
"Before I signed here, I played over 100 games in two years at Orient and didn't really get many injuries that put me out," he said.
"It's hard when you're dealing with an injury; whether to push yourself to play with it or to just say 'I'm not going to play this game'. It's a learning stage for me."