Leicester City striker Marko Futacs hopes Hungarian outings will help him at Foxes
Marko Futacs is hoping his time away with the Hungarian under-21s will help get him up to speed for Leicester City.
The striker admits he has had a frustrating start to his City career since joining as a free agent in the summer, a knee injury limiting his pre-season and appearances so far.
However, Futacs gained valuable match action over the past week while away on international duty as one of Hungary's over-age players.
Futacs, 22, scored in the victory over the Republic of Ireland last week, and then played 73 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein, on Monday, in Kecskemet.
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"I have to play more to get my fitness up," he said. "Being away with the under-21s will help. Hopefully, I can prove myself and be in the team every weekend.
"The injury didn't make it too easy for me to settle into a new club. I wanted to impress the gaffer but I was injured. But now I am happy to be back and I hope I can stay fit.
"It was really frustrating. It is always frustrating to be injured. When you have just joined a new team, you want to get time on the pitch and show what you can do. I didn't get the chance to do that."
Futacs scored his first goal for the club when he came on as a substitute against Burton Albion, but admits he couldn't celebrate as City were dumped out of the Capital One Cup after a shock 4-2 defeat.
But Futacs said this season is a massive for him and is relishing the chance to show City fans what he can do.
"I scored my first goal but I wasn't able to enjoy it," he said. "But, hopefully, we will have a good run now to the last game.
"It is a big season and a very important one after the last year.
"Last season was my first year in England, so this my second season and I know how it works and the game in the Championship. Now I have to do more than last year."