Ledley King was delighted he made the decision to play his first game since October in Sunday’s win at Liverpool.
The defender had been out of action with a groin injury since our win at Fulham seven months ago and was unsure whether he should throw himself into the breach at Anfield or further delay his return.
But Ledley revealed a pre-match discussion with Harry Redknapp gave him the reassurance he needed to go out and put in a typically commanding display at the centre of our defence.
He said: “It’s never nice to be injured but I always felt I would be able to overcome the injury.
“It was niggling away and then it became a bigger problem. I wasn’t sure when I was going to be back because it kept dragging and dragging.
“It’s been seven months and a nightmare. I wasn’t sure whether or not to leave it until next season or try this game but we decided to give it a go and it worked out in the end.
“I’ve got a good relationship with the manager and we spoke just before kick-off, thankfully I did take the risk and hopefully I’ll have no ill effects.”
Ledley’s return coincided with one of our best away performances of the season in our 2-0 success over an in-form Liverpool side.
The England international added: “I thought the team were brilliant. It’s a tough place to go, especially with the way they have been playing of late with a new manager and it was important we started the game on the front foot.
“We got off to a good start, they put pressure on towards the end but we scored goals at the right times and it was a great team effort and we held on.”