Stephen Bywater can literally breathe more easily now that he is back in business with the Owls.
The keeper made his comeback yesterday after a three-week lay-off and a bout of pneumonia.
The illness inflames the lungs, and Bywater found it uncomfortable even to hold a conversation at one stage.
But he was his old self, playing capably and shouting orders to his defenders, as Wednesday beat Huddersfield 3-1 at Middlewood in a private game between two strong reserve sides, with goals from Danny Mayor, Jermaine Johnson and Rodri.
“I had a headache virus for 10 days; that turned into a chest infection, and that turned into pneumonia,” said Bywater. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s hard to breathe. You can have a conversation and you’re out of breath.
“I had it in my left lung; the doctor said it was the worst chest he’d heard in years. I was suffering - I had to stay in bed and rest.”
In all, he was out of action for around three weeks and got better after four different lots of antibiotics.
He did a little training last week, and got fully back into the swing of things this week.
Bywater prides himself on being one the fittest goalkeepers around and he believes that his general fitness helped him to make a quick recovery.
“I’m quite fit, supple and strong; I always have been. That helped me through it,” he said. “Now I’m available to contribute to Sheffield Wednesday again. It was good to have a run-out in the game
“There’s nothing worse than being in bed when the results are coming in, and you can’t do anything to help.
“The physios have been first class, and the gaffer has been brilliant. He told me to take as much time as I needed.
“It’s good when you’ve got people like that behind you and you’re not made to feel uncomfortable.”
He is ready again to answer the call if he is needed, though Chris Kirkland has held down the No 1 spot so far.
“I’ll keep going,” he said. “I’m working with Chris and we get on well.
“It’s a team effort. I’m happy to back whoever’s playing and I’m ready if called upon. That’s the way of this job..
“The manager looks after me, treats me like a man and a professional, and I’ve got a lot of respect for him for that.”