A number of minor problems including a badly cut eye, tonsillitis and various muscle tweaks restricted the all-action midfielder to 25 appearances last season.
If that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t frustrating enough for the Finnish international, he was disappointed by his own goal output of just the one strike against Newcastle United on December 31.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had to get used to these small injuries that keep me out for one or two weeks,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Teemu. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always hard to come back, you have to work twice as hard and hopefully I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have so many problems next season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve played some good, some bad games but overall IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy and the only thing that really bothers me is that I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t score enough goals.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny, when you look at the highlights on television, sometimes itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all about luck. I had a lot chances but there was always a defender there to make a block or the keeper made the save. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking to improve on.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Less niggling injuries, more goals - Teemu Tainio was quick to outline his personal targets for next season.