Liverpool’s veteran defender Jamie Carragher has his shoulder injury earlier in the season to thank for his freshness near the end of the season.
Carragher, who is now 33, damaged his shoulder in November, playing Tottenham, and was missing for several months.
Carragher returned to the team for their 1-0 victory away at Chelsea, and kept out former team mate Fernando Torres on his Chelsea debut.
Whilst Carragher found the time watching, rather than playing frustrating, but can now look back on the period as useful as he has enjoyed a good rest.
“You have to look at the positives of an injury in that it gives you a rest and takes you out of the firing line,” Carragher said.
“Maybe you can look back and say ‘It’s done me good’ – but I’d much rather be playing because I love being in the firing line.
“You don’t want to be out but sometimes you try to put a silver lining on it and try to kid yourself in your own head because you are devastated when you get injured.
“Any injury comes at a bad time but there were a lot of games when I was injured because it was over Christmas.
“But it has happened now. I have been very lucky with injuries throughout my career and hopefully there won’t be too many more.
“Maybe the rest will prove between now and the end of the season that it has helped me.”
Carragher knows that he needs to look after his body more, now he is nearing retirement, but isn’t ready to finish playing just yet.
“You get more mature and have an understanding of how your body works and it is a short career so you have to maximise it as much as possible,” he added.
“Fitness was drummed into me when I was growing up and as you get older that becomes more apparent and you have to look after yourself.
“Once you reach 30 people start questioning your fitness or whether you have lost your ability and teams start looking for younger players so you have to look at the fitness side of it.”