RB Leipzig striker Terrence Boyd admits this season will be a crucial one for his career after spending the better part of the last two years out injured.
Boyd, who was born in Germany but has 12 caps for the United States, has barely managed to play any football in the past two seasons due to two consecutive anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
The 25-year-old joined Leipzig in 2014 from Austrian club Rapid Vienna in 2014, but has only managed seven appearances in the two years since.
Die Bullen won promotion to the German Bundesliga for the upcoming season and Boyd faces a race against time to get himself up to match fitness and prove that he is worthy of a place in the squad before his contract runs out in July next year.
"So to say it is a do-or-die year for me," Boyd told kicker. "Of course, I trust myself to do it. I joined Leipzig two years ago with the goal of playing Bundesliga."
The USA international has been spending time training with the club's youth squads ahead of pre-season training with the first team in order to be as fit as possible.
"My knee showed no negative reaction," Boyd added. "If it stays that way, I'd like to think that I will take part in the first training session of the professional team."