Gareth Bale made an impactful cameo appearance for Real Madrid at the weekend, winning a penalty soon after coming on as a late substitute against Malaga.
Los Blancos converted the spot kick to ease to a 2-0 victory, and Bale got some more precious game time under his belt.
Recent weeks have been filled with speculation that Real paid a world record transfer fee for a crocked player with a chronic back condition, who may not be at full fitness for some time to come.
However, Bale insists that is not the case.
He says that reports of his fitness woes have been exaggerated by the Spanish media, and that while he may be easing his way towards full fitness gently, there is no serious injury hampering his development at the Bernabeu.
"It is just nice to get over the little injury that I had," Bale told Real Madrid TV after ending his three week injury absence.
"It has been difficult getting back in as I had no preseason and stuff like that. It is great to get back on the pitch and get a few minutes under my belt and make a good impact.
"The fact that I have not had a lot of game-time and a lot of preseason games or training or running, you always pick up little niggles. I think everything was blown out of proportion, massively. It was just a little minor injury, and I am back playing now."
Bale is now in line to feature for Real in two massive upcoming fixtures: in the Champions League against Italian champions Juventus on Wednesday, and against Barcelona in the season’s first Clasico at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
But pushed on whether he expects to start those matches, Bale remained neutral.
"I have to take things one step at a time," he said.
"I have not had too much training or games, it is all about building me up now. Obviously I will do what the manager says, but yeah I just need to introduce myself now and prepare myself right for the rest of the season."