Cape Town - Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric is hoping to return from injury in time to potentially play some part in the Champions League final.
The 29-year-old Croatian returned to first-team action not too long ago, following a lengthy absence with a thigh injury.
However, he is now back on the treatment table after suffering a knee ligament injury in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Malaga.
"I'm going to try as hard as I can to turn this tough situation around," Modric told Croatian newspaper Sportske novosti.
"And I won't hide the faith I have in my teammates; that they can get to the Champions League final, which is on 6 June.
"There's no other choice. I'm not giving up on this season yet. I had some fantastic times from August to November. Then there was a break, then another long injury and now another.
"There's no reason not to believe I can have a good end to the season."
Modric will, no doubt, be watching intently on Wednesday evening when Real lock horns with cross-town rivals Atletico in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Los Blancos played to a goalless draw with Diego Simeone's side in the first leg and will be hoping to see off their opponents with a strong showing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
"It's really tough getting injured now," Modric admitted.
"I'm really down, because it's a new injury and this is when everything is decided.
"I have to pull myself together and start working on my recovery. After the injury blow in November, I fought really hard to get fit and everything seemed to be going great this first month.
"I felt very close to being able to help out just when things were starting to be decided at the end of the season, and then I get hit by this new nightmare.
"But I have to react immediately. I have to look at the positive side of things and motivate myself with the desire to return before the season ends."