Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun was shocked by the length of his ban for a straight red card.
Makoun, who joined from French side Lyon during the transfer window, was sent off during the draw with Blackpool last month, and later learned from team-mate Fabian Delph that he would be forced to serve a three-match suspension.
The Cameroon international told Villa’s official website: “Everything has gone well since I've been here - apart from my red card, of course.
“In France, if you're sent off it's a one-match ban, with perhaps another match added in too. When I first heard it was three games, I thought 'what, you're joking?' It really upset me.
“It was after the match in the dressing room. Fabian told me 'you're now out for three games' and I said 'no, no'. I thought 'am I ever going to play again?' I couldn't believe it.
“I am absolutely raring to go now. I felt really bad after the red card. I had put lots of effort into getting used to the game here and being ready to put the work in for Villa.
“I felt after the red card like I was no use. It was really hard to take. It was really upsetting because above all else I want to contribute and help the team.
“It happened so quickly. I was just starting to get the rhythm of the game in this country and suddenly it was cut short for three matches.
“I am not a good spectator either. I don't like watching games because it winds me up. I prefer to be out there on the pitch and helping. I don't even like watching on television either."
Makoun will make his return in this weekend's game against Wolves, and he added: "Now I am raring to go. I can't wait to get started again.
"I want to make a big impact on the team. It's seemed like an eternity. I have been waiting patiently.”