Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has thanked the club's medical team for helping him recover from a long-term injury.
Taylor ruptured his Achilles during Newcastle's Premier League clash against Chelsea in December last season, leaving his impressive season until then in ruins.
The 26-year-old has now fully recovered, and reflecting on his interactions with the Geordies' medical staff, has compared himself to a "nagging wife".
"I feel sorry for them in a way it is always me nagging at them all the time," Taylor is quoted as saying in The Daily Express.
"It must be like having a nagging wife, with me being the wife, saying 'When can I do this and when can I do that'?
"Six or seven months with the same person - I can't blame them if they became a bit grumpy. I don't know how they did it. But I take my hat off to them, although I have to back off now."
Taylor also looked back on the long-term injury he suffered last season against Chelsea.
"I was tracking Fernando Torres, jockeying sideways, and I felt a bang," he said. "It was like someone had just kicked me in the calf.
"My studs got lost in the turf and my foot went all floppy. There was no pain at that point in my Achilles, which is why I tried to jog it off.
"I couldn't understand it. I got in the dressing room and the physio, Derek Wright, sat down with me, was very honest and said, 'you've ruptured your Achilles'.
"This was definitely the longest eight months of my life after I suffered this injury. I was devastated."
Newcastle will begin their Premier League campaign with a home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
What will be the outcome in the match Newcastle vs Tottenham?