Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid has revealed that he came close to quitting the game due to a catalogue of injury problems.
The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international has made just two appearances in the last 12 months, having been forced to battle back for a career-threatening knee problem.
He told The Sun: "It's been a long, lonely journey at times.
"Sometimes I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially when I was training in the gym on my own and doing the rehab on cold mornings in January.
"I'd be lying if I said there weren't moments when I wondered what I'd do if I had to pack it in. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I want to get back and repay the manager's and the fans' faith in me. If I can do that and play well, then the future will take care of itself.
"I've something to prove to the boss, who hasn't seen a lot of me since he arrived."
Reid has been at Ewood Park since the summer of 2003, but has been limited to just 126 appearances, scoring seven goals for Rovers in the process.