Algeria defender Majid Bougherra insists his injury troubles are now just a "bad memory" after returning to normal training for the first time since linking up with his national side in mid-May.
The Rangers centre back, who recently suffered a torn calf as part of an injury-plagued season, was joined by Hassan Yebda and Carl Medjani as the trio resumed regular training with the rest of the squad in Germany.
The Desert Warriors face the United Arab Emirates in their final friendly match in Nuremberg on Saturday ahead of the FIFA World Cup™, where they are scheduled to meet England, USA and Slovenia in Group C.
"I did not feel any pain. I trained normally as I always would with the team. I'm ready for competition again, but I will not take any chances. My injury is a bad memory. Most importantly, I'm ready to play again," he said.
Algeria lost their previous warm-up match 3-0 against the Republic of Ireland - a match that Bougherra missed. But the 27-year-old insists people should not read too much into the result.
He added: "It was a warm-up game. Forget the loss and think only of what awaits us in the coming days. The meeting with Ireland is a lesson for us. It taught us some important lessons and we will do everything to prepare for the World Cup. What counts most for us is that it will help us rectify some of the problems we may have been having and prepare even better for this World Cup."