Liverpool forward Harry Kewell claims his recent injury problems could be a blessing in disguise and ultimately help him extend his career.
The injury-plagued Australia international returned from a season on the sidelines to feature in the Reds' final two games of the last campaign.
Kewell spent 11 months out of action after last summer's World Cup following a series of foot and ankle problems, but claims he is now over his injury nightmare and is determined to prove his fitness to Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
The 28-year-old, who has just 12 months remaining on his Anfield contract, will play for Australia in next month's Asian Cup.
"I'm in tip-top shape. In the 11 months I was out my body could relax and it allowed me to get over the injuries, but I'm back, feeling good and really raring to go," he said.
"It was tough, but the manager supported me through the whole thing.
"It wasn't something he was happy about, but it happened. I've got a year left at Liverpool and I can't wait to get back into it.
"In a way my injuries were a good thing because it gave me the rest I needed, as I was going for long time up until the injury.
"I had 11 months away from the pitch, although I was working hard in rehab. But to get that rest was perfect and that could prolong my career for another two or three years maybe."