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I hope to end my injury crisis in 2018 - Vermealen

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Thomas Vermaelen is confident he has put his injury problems behind him.

The ex Arsenal defender hopes to establish his place in Barcelona's first eleven under Ernesto Valverde.

Since arriving from Arsenal in 2014, the Belgium international has been blighted by hamstring and calf problems.

The 32-year-old have made 16 LaLiga appearances for Barcelona.

He was loaned to Roma last campaign.

"I understand that people had doubts about my physical condition because in recent years I have had a few physical problems," he told Mundo Deportivo.

"But since November 2016 I have not had any more problems and I've been feeling good for a year.

"I know I have a reputation as a player made of glass, but I have managed to overcome that. Now I am demonstrating that I can be without injuries for a long time and I hope to keep it that way."

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He added: "I always believed in my ability but you never know how things are going to go because I had not had continuity at Barca. 

"I knew I had the ability to play for Barca but in previous years, due to injuries, I had not been able to show what I am capable of. 

"Luckily, in the last few weeks I've been able to prove it and I'm very happy about that."

Vermealen also spoke about talk of the title being a formality for Barca has been dismissed by the central defender.

"No, the league is not yet won," said Vermaelen.

"It's a big advantage, but we have not yet reached the halfway point of the season."

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