Dutch international Wilfred Bouma hopes that it is third time lucky as he bids to finally get back into action for Aston Villa following a catalogue of injury problems.
The 31-year-old completed the full 90 minutes of a reserve team clash with Chelsea on Monday evening, having not featured for the Villans first team since July 2008.
Bouma told the club's official website: "I'm very pleased because it was my first game back after a long time out. I've only been back in training for ten days so I was delighted with what I could do.
"Before the game we had said if I could get an hour it would be great and anything more would be even better, so to play the whole 90 minutes was great.
"You have to get back to full match fitness and just take it a little bit easy - but you can't really take it easy because sometimes you will need to go in as hard as you can on the pitch.
"That's exactly what I did and thankfully I came out of it okay.
"This is now the third time, so hopefully it's third time lucky and I've got everything bad out of the way and behind me.
"I was fit in October, but accidents can happen and unfortunately it happened to me.
"It was very unlucky, but I just had to keep thinking 'keep working hard and some day you will be rewarded again' and that's what has happened."