Jack Rodwell thought his career might be over owing to the hamstring problems that continued to plague him when he moved to Manchester City in the summer. The midfielder, who cost £12m, has suffered two further injuries to the tendon this season.
Rodwell impressed during Manchester City's win over Chelsea on Sunday in what was a first start since 1 September.
At Everton he suffered six separate hamstring injuries in one season and asked whether he has had any doubts over his long-term future, he said: "I did last season at Everton. I doubted whether I was just built for it. I've had my family around me all the time and that's been a great help. I've stayed strong and now I'm back.
"I did think the worst but then I thought that there's not many people in the position of being injured doing the thing they love. Now I'm back."
Rodwell looked at various things to try to find the source of the problem. "Pillows, everything. I had a low sports car," he said. "That wasn't necessarily the reason why, but it was a factor. Moving a bit closer [to the club] as well. I didn't want to be sat in the same position for an hour a day. I tried everything because it means that much to me, but I'm finally over the line, I think.
"Before the last five or six weeks when I've been back fit I used to go into training and was never confident. I was just praying I got through training and that's just not the way to be at all. We took a step back, went back to the drawing board and looked at everything. Now in training I'm just looking forward to the game. There's not a second thought about injuries so that's good.
"The staff here and the sports scientists and physios have really taken care of me. They've looked at the full picture and covered everything. I feel like they've done a really good job."
Rodwell said that if the last 11 Premier League games can be won, City could still retain the title. "I think it would be enough to give us a really good chance. I'm not sure how many points United will drop but if we do that we're definitely in with a chance," he said. "It's going to be tough but we've got the derby game [in early April] and United are still in the Champions League so there are still a few elements there. It's never over until it's over.
"If we play like that [as against Chelsea] for the rest of the season, we're in with chance. It's a small chance but there's definitely still a chance."