Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp led the plaudits for Ledley King, who made an impressive return from injury in the 2-0 win over Liverpool at the weekend.
The club captain has been plagued with injury throughout his career, and the match at Anfield was his first since a recurring groin injury forced the England international off against Fulham back in October.
With over a decade under his belt at the club, King has spent several lengthy spells on the sidelines at White Hart Lane, but showed he's still got plenty to offer Spurs with a faultless display against the resurgent Reds.
"Ledley's an amazing player. You wonder where he would be if he was fit all the time. We've been lucky. Michael Dawson has been fantastic, William Gallas as well," said Redknapp post-match.
"William wasn't fit so I took a chance with Ledley. He wasn't sure if he'd get through it and was a bit nervous about breaking down again, so we took a chance and Ledley came up trumps, as usual. To not play for seven months and then turn in a performance like that, it's amazing really."
The Spurs centre back is now optimistic of playing in the final game of the season against Birmingham, and a full pre-season to follow could see King return to his imperious best at the heart of the side's defence.
Whilst admitting that playing was indeed a risk, King is hopeful that the 'nightmare' is now over and the 30-year-old will be hoping for better luck in the future.
“It’s never nice to be injured but I always felt I would be able to overcome the injury. It was niggling away and then it became a bigger problem. I wasn’t sure when I was going to be back because it kept dragging and dragging. It’s been seven months and a nightmare," King told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
"I wasn’t sure whether or not to leave it until next season or try this game but we decided to give it a go and it worked out in the end. I’ve got a good relationship with the manager and we spoke just before kick-off, thankfully I did take the risk and hopefully I’ll have no ill effects.”