West Ham midfielder Mark Noble admits he was shocked to be back in action at the weekend, more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
Noble had his appendix removed after emergency surgery just two weeks before playing against Blackpool on Saturday.
Noble insisted he was happy to try and play after being given the all-clear by his surgeon, despite initial assessments suggesting he would be out for at least a month.
"I said I wanted to try. They said it's impossible and I couldn't do it," he revealed.
"I said that I felt okay. I trained and it felt fine. I asked before the game if anything could go wrong inside.
"The surgeon said it would be okay and thankfully he was right."
Noble revealed the pain he went through with his appendix, adding: "I was in agony.
"The doctor said we had to go to the hospital right away, chucked me in his car and I was on a drip within two hours.
"The surgeon said it was a couple of times the size it should have been and was within hours of bursting."