Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has led the tributes to captain Michael Dawson after his return from injury at White Hart Lane.
After missing four months of action with an Achilles injury, the England international has played in consecutive games against Cheltenham Town, Everton and Wolves, with all three matches coming in the space of seven days.
Despite the draw against Mick McCarthy's side on Saturday, the period has been judged a success by Redknapp, particularly given the skipper is now match-fit ahead of the trip to Manchester City next weekend.
"Michael's performed miracles. He's a fantastic professional, the most honest, wholehearted person you could meet. He had one week's training and to play three games in a week was asking an awful lot of him," Redknapp told the club's official website.
"After he played on Wednesday, I asked him how he felt and he said 'I'll be all right for Saturday'. He wants to play every game but I've probably stretched him to the limit.
"He's an amazing lad, the type of player and person that makes a football club."
The 28-year-old has grown in statue and importance for the club during his time at the Lane, and earned his first call-up to the Three Lions squad as part of Fabio Capello's World Cup outfit.
Despite failing to make an appearance in competitive action in South Africa, Dawson has since earned four-caps for his country, and now wears the armband on the pitch for Tottenham under Redknapp.
Injury problems to Ledley King and William Gallas have emphasised the importance of Dawson over the last season-and-a-half for Spurs, and he'll be crucial to the club's crack at the title this term.News Now - Sport News