Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has admitted it was emotional when he returned to action following his career-threatening motorcycle crash last year.
The 36-year-old Italian fractured his wrists and suffered an injured pelvis in the incident, but he made a brief comeback in the recent friendly win at Bournemouth after an intensive rehabilitation programme with coach Tony Parks.
He backed this up with a full 90 minutes in the goalless draw against MLS side San Jose on Saturday and he is delighted to be back in the frame.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said:"Of course, after eight months out, there was a bit of emotion at going back to the pitch, but it was a nice feeling to be back and having the chance to get minutes on the pitch. That's what pre-season's all about.
"We split the rehabilitation into two parts, the first was in the summer and Parksy did a great job with the physio team and the doctor and now it's the second part, hard training and going into matches.
"At the moment, fingers crossed, everything is going well. I feel fine."