James Collins insists it will not be a gamble to start in Wales' 2010 World Cup qualifier with Germany on Wednesday.
The West Ham United defender was a late substitute in the weekend's win over Liechtenstein - his first senior appearance since December last year.
He has recovered from a serious knee injury and is confident he is fit enough to start against Germany, if he is selected by Wales coach John Toshack.
"It is not a gamble to play me against Germany despite the time I have been out," said Collins.
"I have been training at West Ham now for two months and played a few reserve games.
Stronger than ever
"I had the operation and pretty much three weeks after that I was working. It has paid off because I am slimmer, fitter and stronger than ever.
"If I am not ready to play now I will never be. I am fit enough to play, whatever way the manager wants to go."
He added: "West Ham knew I was coming away to play games, so fingers crossed I do.
"I need as many games as possible now after being out for almost a year.
"It is a tough game for us here, but hopefully if I do play I will be able to make a real contribution.
"It was nice to get on the pitch on Saturday and put on that red shirt again, and now I am looking forward to playing in Germany.
"It is a tough game, but hopefully we will get a good result and stay up there in the group."