SOCCEROO Richard Garcia suffered a worrying recurrence of a knee injury overnight but his Hull City boss has praised him for his commitment to the team by playing through pain.
Garcia, who missed the 2011 Asian Cup after undergoing a knee operation, had to be replaced after 14 minutes in Hull's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in England's Championship on Saturday.
It was the second time in the past few weeks Garcia has suffered the knee injury after being stretchered off on April 16 against Doncaster Rovers.
Despite requiring at stretcher against Doncaster, Garcia returned for Hull's next two games against Middlesbrough and QPR and Pearson admitted the Socceroo isn't 100 per cent and praised him for playing through pain.
"What you have to remember is that Richard plays with injuries that other players wouldn't even dream of taking to the training field with,” Pearson told BBC.
“He's managing himself very well. He came off against Doncaster and I thought he was one of our best players by quite a long way against QPR.
“For him to come back and manage himself, playing with an injury, I think he's done exceptionally well.
“Yes it's a worry for us and for him, but hopefully it won't be something that we can't sort out.
“He's a player that's prepared to put himself on the line for the team and I think you've got to remember that.”
Garcia, 29, is out of contract at Hull at the end of the season.