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One Sheffield Wednesday player wouldn’t have been too concerned about their defeat to Manchester City at the weekend in the FA Cup.

Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland would have been glad just to get out on the pitch again as he made just his third appearance in another injury hit season.

Kirkland had seriously considered retiring from the game as he grew frustrated at the amount of injuries he kept getting.

The 33-year-old told has previously spoken about how close he came to hanging up his gloves. "Two years ago, I was nearly finished in football," he said.

"I didn't have many options at all. In fact, I think Sheffield Wednesday was the only real option I had. They took a big chance on me and I couldn't have wished for a better (goalkeeping) coach there than Andy (Rhodes)."

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Now at his eighth club of his career, the former most British transfer record keeper wants to play as many games as he possibly can to make up for lost time.

Since joining the Owls in the summer of 2012 he has played a vital role for the club, staying free of injury for much of the time, other than this current frustrating campaign.

The former England shot stopper is one of the unluckiest players in world football with all the injuries he has endured in his career. Now back fit, he may go out on loan to his first club Coventry City as he looks to gain more game time and put his latest injury behind him.

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