Foster feared for his future
West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster admits a freak foot injury left him wondering whether he would ever play again.
The England international snapped a bone in his right foot at Goodison Park in August, despite nobody being around him at the time.
Surgery led to a four-month spell on the sidelines, with Foster left unable to walk for eight weeks.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper concedes that there were times when he feared his career was over, but he is now seven games into his first-team comeback and looking forward to locking horns with Everton again at The Hawthorns on Monday, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
Foster said in the Daily Star Sunday: "It was the bone that takes most of the weight through the foot when you push off. For keepers, who are always on their toes, it's a bad injury.
"I literally pushed and heard this click, and that was it.
"It was a horrible, horrible injury and it's been a long, hard road back. If that injury happens to an outfield player, it is really touch and go whether they keep on playing.
"The doctor said if the bone didn't knit, we were looking at having to fuse it together - and a year out.
"I was very worried that I'd miss the whole season and if the operation didn't work, even longer."
Foster is now hoping a campaign which started on a low will end on the highest of highs, with there a determination on his part to force his way into England's World Cup squad.
He added: "Brazil is where I want to be this summer. I'm 30 and I've never done a World Cup."