Philippe Mexes thinks he'll be ready for his Milan debut in three weeks. “I'm getting frustrated. I can't take it anymore.”
The defender has been out of action for four months after undergoing knee ligament surgery when he was still a Roma player.
“I am slowly getting back in shape and tried touching the football for the first time this week,” he told Milan Channel.
“It was nice to have that feeling again, as I hadn't gone near a football in four months, but I feel a bit frustrated. I know what I'm like and this much time away has been tough. I can't take it anymore.
“But I know I have to go slowly and avoid relapses. Once the pain has gone, I will be at Coach Massimiliano Allegri's disposal, which I think will be within two or three weeks.”
Mexes has already missed out on the Italian Super Cup, in which his Milan teammates beat Inter 2-1.
“The season started very well and it was important to see how we were doing. It's very gratifying to win a title, especially if it's in a derby. We're on the right path.
“This is an honest squad and everyone works very hard throughout every training session. My fellow Frenchman Mathieu Flamini is really helping me through this time, but I can't wait to be with my teammates in the locker room and on the pitch!”
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