Derby winger Stephen Pearson is determined to put his recent year-long injury nightmare behind him and help to move the Rams up the table.
The former Motherwell youngster came off the bench in Sunday's 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United to register his first appearance for more than four months.
The 26-year-old's last outing came at Birmingham at the end of September but a knee injury has sidelined him since.
Ever since dislocating his shoulder after an unfortunate collision with team-mate Darren Moore at Anfield on Boxing Day last season, Pearson has suffered terrible luck with injuries.
A move to Birmingham was close to completion in the summer but the injury curse struck again, this time to his groin.
"It's good to be back involved. I've been out for a long time," Pearson, who signed from Celtic in January 2007 for £750,000, told the Evening Telegraph.
"It was good to get on for 10 minutes on Sunday. It's another step on the way to recovery."
Pearson's injuries have meant that he has now experienced the down side to life as a professional footballer.
It is all a far cry from when he fired the Rams into the Premier League after claiming the winning goal in the Championship play-off final against West Brom just under two years ago. Now the Scot is determined to return to that level of performance.
"You can't write the script," he added.
"But the new manager has been brilliant with the lads, as you can see with the performances.
"Hopefully, if I can stay clear of injuries, I can play my part between now and the end of the season."
The winger's latest injury to his knee has kept him sidelined for the longest period and Pearson has revealed the damage that was done.
"I had a bit of my kneecap removed. I've got half a kneecap now," he explained.
"The kneecap was in two pieces and was coming away from the bone, so I had to get part of it removed.
"I've had quite a few injuries in the last year and it's been frustrating. I'm back now and hopefully part of the manager's plans, so we'll see how it goes from here.
"Hopefully there will be a few more reserve games in the next fortnight and I can get 90 minutes in."