Goalkeeper Yohann Pele is determined to make up for lost time as he attempts to help Sochaux drag themselves out of the relegation mire.
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The 31-year-old has started the last five games for the club he joined in February following a successful trial which came after a three-and-a-half year fight against the effects of a pulmonary embolism.
Pele, nicknamed "The Albatross" because of his size, has reaped the rewards for refusing to accept that his career was over.
He told www.letelegramme.fr: "I went to several experts. For me, it was not over despite everything that was said. It was me who had to decide my retirement.
"I do not know if I'm a different man, but obviously we grow up a little faster when we face such a test."
Pele's personal battle may dwarf anything he has or will ever face on a football pitch.
However, Sochaux have a major fight on their hands if they are to retain their Ligue 1 status.
They currently lie in 19th place in the table, eight points shy of safety and in grave danger of being cast adrift.
Victory over 10th-placed Lorient on Saturday seems imperative if they are to stand any chance of escaping the drop, and they at least have a solid recent run of form at the Stade Auguste Bonal on their side.
Herve Renard's men have won each of their last three home games, seeing off both Nantes and Guingamp 1-0 and Bordeaux 2-0 to suggest that their fate is not sealed just yet.
However, with just 10 games remaining, they know time is running out fast, and their chances will not be improved by the absence of striker Jordan Ayew, who starts a two-match ban following his dismissal in the 2-1 defeat at Monaco last Saturday.
Lorient ended a run of six games without a victory with Sunday's 1-0 defeat of high-flying St-Etienne, which was secured by Jeremie Aliadiere's late penalty.
They beat Sochaux 2-1 at the Stade Yves Allainmat on October 26 last year with goals from Vincent Aboubakar and Yann Jouffre doing the damage before Cedric Bakambu's consolation strike.