Cudicini came close to retiring two years ago when he crashed into a car in Walthamstow and had to be rushed to hospital for what the ambulance services described at the time as "potentially life-changing injuries".
"It was difficult to see your team-mates training, playing and getting results," he said.
"When I was doing the recovery with the physio I was trying to do my best to be able to see if I was going to be able to play again, and of course it was a big question mark.
"But that is a thing that has helped me along my career. When you work hard and keep going 100 per cent you normally get results in the end.
"The club and my team-mates and the physios were very close to me and they helped me a lot during that time. I was working hard and I was seeing results, and that gives you the confidence to keep doing your best. And in the end, as you can see, I'm training and playing."