Pain-free following a lengthy battle with injury, RB Leipzig striker Terrence Boyd has not given up hope of one day treading the Bundesliga boards.
The USMNT international has been stymied by four bouts of knee surgery since joining the ambitious Saxony ensemble from SK Rapid Wien in summer 2014, but is once again rubbing shoulders with the first team.
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"I haven't played in the Bundesliga, so I can't say I'm a Bundesliga player," Boyd told the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung after scoring in the recent friendly win over SC Farense. "It's never nice when you're not able to take part - and I had my bad days, but my girlfriend would remind me that my career could have been over. I'm just happy to be back with the first team. After the winter break, I want to get back to being my old self."
Boyd scored 29 goals in 59 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for former club Rapid Wien and did not need long to add a couple of Bundesliga 2 goals to his tally at Leipzig, before being struck down with a second cruciate knee injury in December 2014. It was not until September 2016 that the Bremen-born frontman was finally able to play competitive football again.