Eintracht Frankfurt and Mexico midfielder Marco Fabian wants to get in as much match practice as he can between now and this summer's FIFA 2018 World Cup after expressing his delight at returning to the starting line-up on Sunday.

The 28-year-old has played just four times in the Bundesliga this season following surgery on a troublesome back injury, but made a scoring return to the Mexico national team during the March international break and played the full 90 minutes in Frankfurt's 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on Matchday 29.

"I'm happy, I've been working for this moment," Fabian told bundesliga.com. "I knew it could come at any time and I'm always available to the coach to give my best, help the others and achieve the common goal that we all share."

Watch: Marco Fabian delighted with his return to the starting line-up

It was the Mexican's second successive appearance for Frankfurt, after managing 51 minutes as a substitute in Frankfurt's 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen last weekend.

"I'm feeling good and have a lot of confidence," he said after that game. "I'm back playing for the national team, where I got to play and scored a goal so close to the World Cup, and that filled me with confidence.

"After that, I want to come back and get minutes under my belt here. We're into the final stretch. I'm completely with the team, am working hard, and I’m going to play my best whenever I get the chance to play."

Thirty-five-time Mexico international Fabian (r.) is hoping to appear at his second World Cup. © gettyimages / AFP Contributor

Fabian - in his second full season in the Bundesliga - has not started a match for Frankfurt since the final day of last season.

His recent outing for Mexico - a 3-0 friendly win over Iceland - was his first international appearance since the extra-time loss to European champions Portugal in the Confederations Cup third-place play-off in July 2017.

Mexico begin their World Cup campaign in Group F against defending champions Germany on 17 June, before facing South Korea and Sweden.

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