Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Kevin Bond has tipped Ledley King to put his World Cup heartache behind him and perform admirably for the Londoners this term.
King forced his way into Fabio Capello's starting line-up in South Africa after Rio Ferdinand was hit with a knee injury in training, but he managed just 45 minutes of action against USA before succumbing to a groin strain.
That injury ruled him out for the rest of the competition, but Bond believes he will be firing on all cylinders for the Champions League qualifiers.
"It would have been very frustrating for Ledley because he worked so hard and did so well to first of all get in the squad and then to line-up alongside John Terry in the heart of the defence," he said.
"So, to get injured in the first game will have been a huge blow to him, but that is the risk when you have to live your footballing life like Ledley does.
"He can't train very much and that always makes you more susceptible to picking up injuries and that is exactly what happened.
"I feel for him because he put a lot of work in last year to get on that plane.
"He did very well for us last season and played a great number of games and hopefully he can repeat that this year and possibly even play a bigger part.
"The injury that he picked up was in no relation to his long-term knee problem, so we expect him to come back strong and raring to go when the new season gets underway."