Wes Brown refuses to get downhearted at the way his injury curse returned just as he was starting to fulfil his enormous potential.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always viewed Brown as one of the most natural defenders he has worked with at Manchester United.
Yet, on too many occasions, the 29-year-old's progress has been halted. Cruciate operations on both knees, a broken ankle and a host of muscular problems have kept Brown on the sidelines for extended periods.
His hopes of hitting the ground running this term were wrecked by a thigh problem suffered during a pre-season game in Munich, condemning the likeable Mancunian to spend the start of this term warming the bench.
Although the defender has made three appearances, his only starts came against Burnley and Arsenal last month and he did not even make the bench for Sunday's amazing derby clash with City at Old Trafford.
So once more, Brown has a sense of making up for lost time when he features in tonight’s Carling Cup tie with Wolves.
“It was frustrating not to be able to build on where I was at the end of 2008,” he said.
“Getting injured for most of last season was not very pleasant but I am used to it I suppose.
“There is no point thinking 'Why me?' I just get on with it and try to be confident. I am fit at the moment. That is the main thing.”
Brown will not be the only United player eager to make an impression against Mick McCarthy's men with Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson and Michael Owen all likely to get starting roles.