Tottenham captain Ledley King has admitted he feels a sense of relief every time he plays and does not sustain an injury.
The classy centre-back is considered one of the best defenders of his generation, but his career has been cruelly savaged by a chronic knee problem.
King, who started at Tottenham in 1997, is as a consequence rarely able to play two games in a week and does not train on a regular basis.
He is therefore unlikely to face Watford on Friday in the FA Cup, having last Sunday played against Manchester City, when he gave away the penalty which condemned Spurs to defeat.
And King has admitted he constantly plays in fear of injury, as he told Hotspur magazine: "When I come off the pitch at the end of a game without injury, I feel relieved.
"I don't play in pain, but I do play in discomfort and there are restrictions. I've learned to adapt my game."
Despite the agonising, late defeat to City, Harry Redknapp's Tottenham remain in the Premier League title race and have this season earned wide praise.
Many consider the current Spurs squad as the best since the club last won the league in 1961 and King is in no doubt it is the finest group during his 15 years at White Hart Lane.
"This is the best squad I have played in at Tottenham," he said. "I really feel that we can do something great this season."
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