David Prutton has paid tribute to Sheffield Wednesday’s medical staff for helping him recover from ankle surgery.
The combative midfielder made his long-awaited comeback in the Owls Development match with Birmingham City last week.
Prutton, sidelined since the end of September, has thanked Wednesday’s head physio, Paul Smith, and assistant physio Dean Taylor for their support.
“Paul and Dean have kept me going,” he told The Star. “They are nice fellows and know exactly what they are doing treatment wise.
“The rehab has been fun and enjoyable but, by the same token, it’s been hard. It depends how much effort you put into the rehab. The thing is, Paul and Dean know if they give me something to do that I will do it. I might moan and grumble and take the mickey but I will get it done.”
The 32-year-old played the first half of Wednesday’s draw with Birmingham, who, ironically, were the opposition the last time he featured at first-team level, having resumed full training only last Monday.
He admitted: “It was nice get back out on the pitch again and get some minutes under my belt. It was a culmination of a lot of hard work. I’ve probably been getting on everyone’s nerves behind the scenes so I’m sure they are glad I’m out of the treatment room!
“You can do as much training as you want, but you can only test your body out by going full tilt in games.
“It can be a tad frustrating to sit and watch the team when you would like to be involved but it is just one of those things you have to accept.”
Given Wednesday’s midfield shortage, it is not beyond the realms of possibility Prutton could be included in tomorrow night’s clash at FA-Cup-holders Wigan Athletic.
Prutton, one of 13 players out of contract at Hillsborough at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, said: “It’s a huge couple of months for me, but I’m in the same boat as a number of other players.
“It’s coming up to the end of the season and, from a selfish point of view, I want to play as many games as I can.
“I want to show people I am fit, ready and raring to go and help the team out.”