Marco Fabian says his "head and mind are in the right place" after making his first-team comeback in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Bundesliga Matchday 3.
Fabian scored twice in friendly action during the September international break, however, and was rewarded with a starting place in the Frankfurt midfield at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.
Watch: Marco Fabian discusses his first-team comeback
"I'm fighting for a place in the team, and that's no surprise – you win your spot like this," Fabian told bundesliga.com after lasting 63 minutes of the Dortmund loss. "Everyone knows I've had a lot of problems in the last few weeks but now my head and my mind are in the right place and I'm happy to be in the starting XI once again."
The game also marked Fabian's 50th outing in Frankfurt colours since joining the Eagles from Chivas in January 2016. He produced seven goals and four assists in 24 appearances in his first full campaign in 2016/17, but a lumbar spine injury, which required surgery, restricted him to just seven Bundesliga appearances last term.
"It's a new start for me," Fabian told German sports specialist magazine kicker. "My back is 100 per cent back to normal and healthy - it's old news. I'm only looking forward. My present is Eintracht Frankfurt, and I'm very happy. I've always felt happy here. I'm grateful for all the offers I've had, but I'm staying at Frankfurt. I've got a lot of work to do."