Andres Iniesta insists playing in the 2009 UEFA Champions League final was the right decision, despite the injury troubles he has experienced since.
The Barcelona midfielder suffered a muscle tear against Villarreal on 10th May, but was patched up and appeared against Manchester United in Rome only days later.
That has cost him as he suffered a setback to that problem, before picking up a further knock that kept him out for the whole of pre-season and the start of the 2009/10 Primera Liga campaign.
"It is true that I chanced my arm by playing in the Champions League final. I would do it again though and think anyone else would," Iniesta told Sport.
"Perhaps, though, the price I paid has been a bit excessive, aggravated by other things, but I am fine now."
Iniesta has reported for international duty with the Spain squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers and is raring to go as he continues his return to full fitness.
"I always want to play. What happens is that there are times when you want something, but it is just not possible," he continued.
"But now the moment has come and I am feeling good having played for 45 minutes and then another 90.
"I have taken things little-by-little and these games and training sessions are great for me to rediscover my rhythm, strength and consistency. That is what I am currently lacking.
"To be back in the Spain squad after so much time is great and another step forward for me at the start of this season."