Blackburn skipper Ryan Nelsen has admitted he let the team down after battling through a hamstring injury for months.
The defender has been ruled out of action since the draw with Middlesbrough in January, when he was finally forced to admit defeat after struggling with the injury since the Uefa Cup defeat to Larissa in Greece in September.
The New Zealander is now on the road to recovery after he came through an hour for the reserves this week and he revealed he should have rested himself earlier following an unusual spell of inconsistency.
"I kept wanting to play and I didn't do myself or the injury justice," he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"It was stupid on my part because every time I was asked to play I wanted to play and I said 'yes' and I probably shouldn't have.
"Hindsight is a good thing, but obviously my performances weren't good enough by my standards and in the end it got too bad.
"It was extremely hard, but the pain got to the stage where I couldn't even jog or do anything.
"I was letting my team down and myself down because I set pretty high standards."
Now Nelsen is ready to get back onto the pitch and believes he is close to returning to his best form.
"I had to take time out, which is one of the most painful things to do, but in the long run it'll be worth it," he continued.
"I've been wanting to train for a while and I've had to hold myself back to make sure that I'm strong enough to come back.
"I feel that I've got my pace back and my sharpness. I just have to work on my match fitness now. I've got my explosiveness and my power back and I feel pretty good."