John Terry has admitted he has started to plan for life after football as injuries start to take their toll on his body.
The Chelsea captain, who turns 30 next month, faces an extended period on the sidelines due to a nagging nerve problem in his right leg that he has carried since the end of last season.
The former England captain admits a series of injuries have been causing him discomfort for years, and told the Daily Mail: "The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more, I can't really remember. If you can take an anti-inflammatory and struggle through, you do. The pain from this injury is the worst I have had, there is no way I can continue. I'm 30 next month and I've got to start looking after myself."
Terry memorably said he did not care if he spent his retirement counting his medals in a wheelchair before the 2008 Champions League final - a statement he now views as foolish.
"It's funny, I was reading what I said about ending up in a wheelchair the other day and I thought to myself, 'You know mate, that's probably not your best plan'," he added.
"I'd rather play with my kids in the garden, thank you very much. I hope people will appreciate that.
"I'd like to rethink the wheelchair idea, please."
Terry also claims he was not angry with England boss Fabio Capello for stripping him of the captaincy earlier this year.
He did, however, admit to feeling aggrieved when he was overlooked for the armband when it was handed around during the friendly against Egypt - the first match after Capello's decision - at Wembley.
"I understood the decision at the time," he added. "Fabio said he wanted to take the spotlight off me, although if I am honest I thought it had the reverse effect. But I would never dislike him for that."