Arsenal defender Lauren feels he can finally see an end to his injury nightmare.
The veteran Cameroon full-back has been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery at the start of 2006, but is set to return to the squad for the first time in tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final at Liverpool.
The 29-year-old admits is was a day he thought may never come.
Lauren said: 'After so many months out, I am the happiest man at Arsenal.
'It has been so long and sometimes has been very painful.
'I can now see the light and getting back in the squad is a big step for me.'
Lauren said: 'I feel strong and capable to compete again.'