Scar Frase: Forster reveals his big wound… but now he’s ready for Euro 2016

“The operation is a bit gruesome but that’s part of it. I was fortunate to have a great surgeon and I can’t thank him enough for what he did.

“I never once thought it was going to threaten my career. It was just a case of trying to do all the right things after I got injured and come back in the best shape that I could.”

Forster admits there were plenty of bad days along the way.

“I think the toughest days are the days from doing the injury to then actually having the surgery,” he said.

“Once you’ve had the surgery then you’re healing, so even if you are sitting at home on the sofa doing nothing at least you’re sitting there thinking it’s all part of the process.

“I came back a little bit quicker than predicted and that’s just credit to the surgeon first and foremost, he did a great job, then we’ve got a fantastic medical staff down at Southampton.

“It was a new injury for them to deal with but I think everyone embraced the challenge and saw it as a fantastic opportunity.

“I saw it as a chance to come back fitter and stronger than I’d ever been before.

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