Edwin van der Sar admits he is delighted to be back in the Manchester United side.
The Dutch veteran, who has reporteldy been offered a new contract for next season, has featured just nine times this season.
Injury ruled him out at the start of the season, then in November Van der Sar's wife suffered a brain haemorrhage and he was given compassionate leave.
The 39-year-old returned in mid-January and has helped steady United's defence.
"It feels really good to be back playing," Van der Sar told United Review.
"It has been a stop-start season for me and you miss your weekly routine of training and games.
"But it feels great to be back in the swing of things and playing for United again."
Sir Alex Ferguson continues to heap praise on his veteran Dutch shot-stopper, and that continued after the weekend's win over Portsmouth.
"Every manager speaks highly of his players and I am sure other managers say the same about their goalkeepers," he said.
"But I know that I get good recognition here at United, from the players and the manager.
"It is always good to hear you have the support and trust of the people you work with.
"It is good to know I have that here."