Inter Milan striker Marko Arnautovic admits that being out with an injury was difficult, but was happy for teammates Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram.

The Austrian spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.

Arnautovic has finally returned from his thigh injury.

The 34-year-old former West Ham United, Stoke City, and Bologna man was out for right around six weeks. He picked up the muscle strain in a Serie A match against Empoli in September.

During that time, Arnautovic has missed quite a few matches for Inter.

The team have coped alright without the Austrian. But having him back is certainly a boost in terms of depth as well as giving the team a different option in attack.

Arnautovic had already begun to demonstrate what he can do for Inter in the opening weeks of the season.

The veteran striker even grabbed an assist on the opening day of the campaign against Monza. That was his first in a Nerazzurri shirt.

But the timing of Arnautovic’s injury curtailed his momentum right when he’ll have been aiming to start making a more consistent impact.

So now, the 34-year-old has the chance to start again.

And for his part, Arnautovic has missed being on the pitch. But he’s also happy for the other strikers who kept things going whilst he was away.

Arnautovic Happy For Lautaro & Thuram Despite Injury

Of being out, Arnautovic said that “It was not an easy moment for me.”

“Physically, but also mentally because I’m a player who wants to play.”

“I always want to be in good form and to show my quality on the pitch,” Arnautovic noted. “And in the last six weeks I haven’t been able to.”

“But now I’m back and I’m not thinking about the past, just the future.”

“And the future for me is wanting to do well for this club and these fans,” the Austrian made clear.

Arnautovic said that “Our attack is very strong. I’m very happy for the players who play up front – Lauti, Marcus and El Nino.”

“They’ve done an extraordinary job so far,” he said. “So I was happy for them, even if I haven’t been happy for myself.”

“But now we’re all together, and we’ll try to help the team.”