Kirk Broadfoot had doubts over his ability recover from the foot injury which has plagued him for eight months. Rangers defender Broadfoot is on course to make his long-awaited comeback before the end of the year but has suffered so many setbacks in his recovery he is refusing to put a precise date on his return.
"My life has always revolved around football so it's hard when the matchday is not there at the end of the week," the 25 year old told Rangers News.
"I'd say my girlfriend and my mum and dad have borne the brunt of that because I'm not going to hide from the fact that I'm far grumpier when the injury is affecting me.
"I'm not a nice person at times because of it. I had a day last week when I went out and did some work and, when I went home, the foot was quite sore.
"I was sitting thinking to myself, 'Am I ever going to get better?', and my girlfriend was trying to talk to me but the injury had put me in a bit of a mood. It is hard to take at times."
"The scans Didn't show up anything because the damage was to the ligament underneath the mid-foot," he said.
"But my foot was getting no support in that area and that's why I was getting shooting pains.
"So they had to shave away a bit of bone to repair the ligament. Then they had to screw it and hold it. It's a very rare injury.
"Even the physios and doctors here, in all the years they have been in football, haven't come across this type of injury.
"People maybe haven't thought of it as the serious injury it is, but that doesn't bother me too much. I know it's been serious and that's all that matters.
"I just caught my studs in the turf crossing the ball against Celtic in February and, after that, I had a few problems with the foot.
"It's why I didn't play much in the two weeks in the build-up to the cup final.
"But the fact that game then went to extra-time didn't do me any favours because you could see for the last 45 minutes of it, I was hobbling around the pitch.
"It's been hard since then because I haven't had a long time out like this before. I broke my foot once and I think I was out for maybe 10 weeks tops."