Swansea City's Alan Tate feared crashing a golf buggy into a tree had ended his footballing career.
The defender broke his leg when he lost control on the 12th hole of his local club and ploughed into a tree.
The 29-year-old has not played since Swansea's 3-1 Carling Cup exit at Shrewsbury back in August.
But the former Manchester United youngster, who has played for the Swans in every division, is back in contention to face Bolton in the FA Cup.
He told The Sun: "It was a nightmare. People ask me if I was worried about missing the rest of the season.
"I wasn't just concerned about that, I was worried I might never play again. I thought, 'Is that it?'
"They were checking my ligaments and cartilage and you're thinking it's worse than you originally thought.
"Thankfully, it was a clean break. If I was going to break my leg, it was probably the best way to break it."
Tate still has vivid memories of the incident at Gower Golf Club which has sidelined him for five months.
He added: "I was going downhill on wet grass, which is not a good idea.
"Then I lost control and after missing one tree, we were heading straight for another.
"I jumped straight into a tree and my leg got trapped between the tree and the buggy. It just snapped my leg."