Jonathan Woodgate is refusing to dwell on a career which has been blighted with injuries as he returns for a second spell with Championship Middlesbrough. Despite the problems which sidelined him during his spells with Newcastle, Real Madrid and Tottenham, he insists he does not feel he has been robbed of his best days.
Woodgate said: "No. I have been lucky. I am a professional footballer who has played for some good teams and I am playing for Middlesbrough again, like any other young lad from Middlesbrough would want to do.
"I am lucky, that's how I look at life. I'm a professional footballer.
"What can you do about it? You have just got to get on with it and come back fighting, be resolute and show that you can play again.
"It's just one of those things, you have to cope with it mentally."