Former Newcastle United and England midfielder Kieron Dyer has said he would have been too embarrassed to limp off after three minutes - like Daniel Sturridge at Chelsea .
The on-loan Liverpool midfielder will miss West Brom's match against Huddersfield after hobbling off after less than 200 seconds against Chelsea.
No stranger to injuries himself, he said he would not have been prepared to have called it a day as early as Sturridge is.
He also talked about the Taxigate incident, in which Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore were accused of stealing a taxi at 5am in Barcelona - and why you'd never see him criticising them on television.
He said: "When I called Daniel Sturridge come off after three minutes, I felt for him - but I couldn't have done that.
"I was so embarrassed every time I got injured I would try to get to half time or full time because the familiar sounds of the grounds when you number comes up are tortuous."
In his book, 'Old too soon, smart too late', Dyer also admits he failed to live up to his potential by "living like a celebrity rather than a footballer".
After a £6m move from Ipswich Town to Newcastle in 1999, he made a brilliant England debut the same year but was hampered by injuries through his career, culminating in a broken leg at West Ham in 2007.
He was part of the so-called 'golden generation' of England players and has spoken of owing £46,000 during a card school at Euro 2004.
He said: "I'm not comfortable hammering other players. After the West Brom incident you hear pundits saying the four players (who were accused of stealing a taxi) are 'a disgrace' or 'not fit to wear the shirt'.
"Could you imagine me calling them a disgrace?"