Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield has expressed relief at returning to action only five months after suffering a brain seizure.
The 31-year-old captained a young Aberdeen side during a closed-doors friendly against Dundee United.
"It is a shame when you see guys who do their cruciate and they are out for a year," Langfield told Dons' website.
"So, for me to be back after about five months after a brain haemorrhage and seizures, it is quite remarkable."
Langfield had suffered the problem at home in May after the end of last season and was treated at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.
Aberdeen have since signed Colombian goalkeeper David Gonzalez on loan from Manchester City until January.
"I don't how many more games I need," Langfield said of the prospects of winning his place back under Craig Brown, assistant manager Archie Knox and goalkeeping coach Jim Leighton.
"That is the Gaffer and Archie's decision and obviously Jim, but if you ask me personally, I feel fit and ready to go back into the first team.
"I feel I could go and do a job and it's up to me now to put the pressure on David Gonzalez.
"I know the manager has said that David is the number one until he goes back, but I am going to make it as difficult as possible for him.
"I know I am capable of getting back to what I was doing last season."
Langfield, who has been a member of the Scotland squad without so far winning a cap, admitted to some apprehension on his return to match action.
"I was feeling a little bit nervous before the game, not really sure why," he said while expressing pleasure at his own performance.
"I am always like that before games anyway and it's good to feel the nerves again.
"Obviously it is only a closed-doors game against Dundee United at St Andrews, but it was a massive step for myself.
"Just to get a strip on and get back on a pitch was brilliant.
"When you put into context what happened to me during the summer, it is a serious thing.
"I'm really happy that I've had the chance to come back."