London, July 28 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who feared for his place in the side after suffering from Achilles tendon problems, is now looking to level the series against South Africa next week.
Prior's struggle became so painful towards the end of the West Indies series that he was struggling to walk downstairs in the mornings.
But after having high-volume injections in both tendons, a process to flush out blood vessels around scar tissue on June 12, Prior believes his injury issues are now behind him.
"If ever there was going to be a problem with them, it was going to be at the end of the first Test against South Africa, given that we were in the field for 200-plus overs," said Prior.
"But they feel fine and, as things stand, I am now 100 per cent. I'm right as rain and looking forward to the rest of the summer. But the whole process has been a hell of a thing," The Daily Express quoted him, as saying.
He felt the first signs of tendon trouble during the Sri Lanka series in the early part of the summer of 2011.
Having received a thorough workout against South Africa at The Oval, Prior is confident England will give him some respite and bounce back in the second match of the three-Test series at Headingley, which starts on Thursday.