Poland coach Jerzy Engel was a relieved man when an injury picked up by Tomasz Waldoch in March did not prove as serious as first feared.
The Schalke stopper was back in action within a couple of weeks paving the way for Engel to include his first-choice centre-back in his World Cup squad.
As the most capped player in the squad, Poland can ill afford to be without his experience on the biggest stage of all.
He has forged an effective partnership with Tomasz Hajto over the years and, despite not being the quickest on the ground, he reads the game well.
Versatility is another of his qualities - he can play on the left side of defence or midfield when required.