Anthony Gardner hopes he is now over the foot problems that have hampered his progress so far this season.
The troublesome injury has restricted his opportunities to challenge the central defensive partnership of Noureddine Naybet and Ledley King, having made just 5 first team starts, as opposed to 40 last season. He did, however, step in for the injured Naybet for Saturday's 5-1 win over Southampton at the Lane and offers a great defensive option to Martin Jol.
Given his injury setbacks and success of the Naybet-King axis, Anthony was honest when answering whether he viewed his prospects as a challenge or frustration.
"I think it is a bit of both really. It is a challenge to get playing and a frustration because the foot problems meant I couldn't exert myself as much as I would have liked to.
"I've had to manage the foot problem, but now I have more confidence and hopefully I can push on and hopefully start playing regularly and consistently.
"That is what you need to do, it is hard to get the consistency without playing the games."