Wrexham striker Lee McEvilly admits he was close to giving up football during his lengthy injury lay-off.
Wrexham striker Lee McEvilly has suffered a string of foot problems
The Northern Ireland striker, 24, made his first appearance this season on Saturday, coming on for the final 10 minutes of the 2-1 win over Lincoln.
McEvilly has broken bones in his foot three times in the past 11 months, limiting him to a handful of games.
"When you're lying in bed with your foot in plaster your mind starts to wander," McEvilly said.
"There were times when I thought if it broke again then I'd have to (retire).
"But the manager (Denis Smith) stuck by me. He told me it wasn't the end of the world."
McEvilly first suffered a stress fracture in his foot last December, but lasted just four games on his return in April before the injury recurred.
It was very tempting to take on the whole Lincoln team
Wrexham striker Lee McEvilly
A third break - although a new foot injury this time - followed in pre-season training for the new season in July.
The extent of the injury meant McEvilly had to have a steel plate placed around the bone.
"I was constantly coming back and playing then breaking down again. Hopefully it's behind me now and I'm just looking forwards," McEvilly added.
"I've still got a long way to go, though. I doubt you'll see the best of me until after Christmas."
On Saturday McEvilly could have capped his comeback in style late in the game, as he found himself 20 yards out with a shooting chance.
Instead he laid the ball to Mark Jones who shot narrowly wide.
"It was very tempting to take on the whole team," he admitted.
"But it's a team game. Mark was in a better position, he was unlucky with the shot."
"We played well, though. There was a good tempo and we got in their faces."
"It was pleasing to finally get playing again, the last 11 months have been very frustrating."