Manchester United captain Gary Neville has dismissed reports claiming his injury problems could force him to retire.
The England defender has not played first-team football since last March because of ankle ligament problems and although he has returned to training he has continued to pick up niggling injuries which have prevented him playing for United this season.
Neville, 32, said: “I understand that because I’ve been out so long there is talk about whether I’ll make it back.
“But I’m training again and I’m focused on getting fit. Once I get fit, I’ve no doubts at all that I’ll be OK.”
Right-back Neville made a goalscoring return for United last month as he played 45 minutes for the club’s reserve side.
But his comeback has been delayed several times because of a series of minor injuries problems.
“Ironically my ankle has been OK for the last couple of months,” added Neville.
“I’ve just picked up little knocks here and there that have lasted a couple of weeks or so; they can really set you back when you’ve been out for so long.
“But I’m doing the best I can to get fit and I won’t put a timescale on my return.”