The words 'lucky' and 'Christian Ziege' haven't been seen together in a sentence for some time so there will be a few fingers crossed if, as he now hopes, he returns to the first-team squad for Saturday's Premiership trip to Fulham.
To sum up, the German star has played just 105 minutes of competitive first-team football since a career-threatening thigh injury on Boxing Day 2002.
He suffered complications with that injury during pre-season and then needed knee surgery after limping out of his comeback match against West Ham in September.
His latest comeback for the reserves a fortnight ago was cut short, literally, by a nasty gash across his eye that required five stitches.
But there were no problems as he completed 90 minutes for the second string in Monday's 2-0 win against Portsmouth.
"I had no problems at all," said Christian afterwards. "I'm fit, I needed another game and I completed the 90 minutes and now I'm looking forward to trying to get back into the first team.
"When I had the clash and the cut I was already feeling fine. It was only because the stitches above my eye that I wasn't able to play last week.
"Things happen in football and I've seen too much in the last year. I feel fine and now fingers crossed it will go well.
"Perhaps I should stay inside for the rest of the week but a tree might fall on the house!
"It would be great to run out again with the first team. I watched the African Nations Cup, the FA Cup, big competitions and that's when you miss it. You want to be there. I'm looking forward to getting back."
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Christian Ziege declared his full fitness after a 90-minute stint for the reserves on Monday night - you could forgive him if he decided to hide away until the weekend.