Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher is hopeful his two-month injury lay-off will allow him to finish the season stronger.
The centre-back celebrated his 33rd birthday in January on the sidelines as he recuperated from an operation on a shoulder dislocated at Tottenham in late November. However, he returned to action three and a half weeks early in February's victory at Chelsea and has played four of the last five matches.
"You have to look at the positives of an injury in that it gives you a rest and takes you out of the firing line," Carragher said.
"Maybe you can look back and say 'It's done me good' - but I'd much rather be playing because I love being in the firing line.
"You don't want to be out but sometimes you try to put a silver lining on it and try to kid yourself in your own head because you are devastated when you get injured. Any injury comes at a bad time but there were a lot of games when I was injured because it was over Christmas.
"But it has happened now. I have been very lucky with injuries throughout my career and hopefully there won't be too many more. Maybe the rest will prove between now and the end of the season that it has helped me."
As the oldest player in Kenny Dalglish's first-team squad, Carragher is aware more than most his days at the highest level are numbered. But he is keen to carry on playing as long as possible and he pays close attention to his personal fitness.
"You get more mature and have an understanding of how your body works and it is a short career so you have to maximise it as much as possible," he added.
"Fitness was drummed into me when I was growing up and as you get older that becomes more apparent and you have to look after yourself.
"Once you reach 30 people start questioning your fitness or whether you have lost your ability and teams start looking for younger players so you have to look at the fitness side of it."
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