Stevan Jovetic is fighting fit once again and targeting a return to Europe for AS Monaco as the principality side prepare to face Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.
“I feel good. I’ve been with the team for two and a half months now and I’ve managed to put together training sessions and matches. I’ve played four games for my country in that time, either starting or as a substitute. I feel good again,” said the Montenegro international forward, who joined Monaco in 2017 from Inter but has seen his time at the Stade Louis II blighted by injuries.
Jovetic, 30, replaced German international forward Kevin Volland at half-time in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Montpellier Hérault SC and his appearances this season have so far been fleeting but he hopes to play a key role in the weeks ahead, including at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday.
“I feel better every day but I am a forward so I need to be scoring goals and setting them up. That is what I have always done and that is what I hope to do in our next match,” he said.
“We played well against Montpellier, especially in the second half. We created lots of chances, but we need to be converting more of them.”
Monaco ended last weekend in ninth place in the table and there is a sense that remains plenty of room for improvement from Niko Kovac’s side.
“I think we could have had three or four more points than we do, but that’s football,” admitted Jovetic.
“Sometimes you win when you’re not playing well, while on other occasions it can be the other way around. The main thing is to start scoring as many goals as possible and getting as many points as possible. We have enough good players here to be targeting European qualification.”