Manchester City's reborn keeper Nicky Weaver has revealed he feared his career could have been over.
A succession of long-term injuries curtailed Weaver's progress with the Eastlands outfit over the last four years, limiting him to just one Premiership appearance.
However, following the sale of David James to Portsmouth and the injury to new signing Andreas Isaksson, Weaver has been handed his chance.
The 27-year-old has grasped the opportunity with both hands and is relishing the run in Stuart Pearce's first-team.
"Of course there were times I was really worried - especially when people were telling me the surgery was not guaranteed to work," explained Weaver.
"The doctors said if it wasn't a success that was pretty much it. I got about as low as you can get.
"Touch wood it has worked and I'm really, really enjoying the run I'm having.
"I never gave in, but when you're told it's your last chance, you have to be a realist."