Sheffield Wednesday: Daniel Pudil hopes injury woes are behind him

Daniel Pudil
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The last international break came at a good time for Daniel Pudil.

The period of inactivity gave the left-back an opportunity to rest and recuperate following an injury-hit start to the season.

Pudil suffered a thigh problem in Wednesday’s home victory over Bristol City last month. He was forced to sit-out three fixtures before making his first-team comeback against Brighton and Hove Albion.

However, Pudil’s return was cut short after less than an hour as the Owls slipped up on home soil.

He told The Star: “It was very frustrating. I felt like I could do things, but my body wouldn’t let me go.

“I still felt some pain, it’s very hard to describe, it was a strange feeling.

Daniel Pudil

Daniel Pudil

“From the summer, I didn’t have a proper break or pre-season. Maybe this is why this happened, I only had a few weeks holiday so couldn’t take proper rest.

“I came back to Sheffield, and played games straightaway and the injury came.

“The body just needed to take a rest, that’s why we decided after the Brighton game - when I came off after 60 minutes - to give it a long rest, eight or nine days, and not do anything.”

The 31-year-old, signed on a permanent basis in July following a successful loan spell last season, has started the last two matches since the Owls resumed their Championship programme, scoring the equaliser in the midweek draw at Cardiff City.

“Everyone can now see I am in a good way, because I have played very well in the last two games,” said Pudil. “The injuries are definitely behind me, and I can concentrate on the football.

“In our sessions, in my mind, I couldn’t pass the ball, shoot, because I still felt pain.”

Now Pudil’s target is to force his way back into the Czech Republic squad.

“I would be like to be back playing internationals; it’s an honour for me to be in the squad,” he said. “It’s a great challenge for all players to play for your country.

“I am fit right now, played the last two games, and feel alright. We have a few more games until the next international break, so it will up to the (international) manager whether he calls me or not.

“If I am in the squad I will be happy, if not, I can spend more time with my family.

“Football players don’t get much time to spend with families.

“During the last international break we were with the family in Spain for four days, which was great.

“Of course, I want to be called up, but if not I won’t be upset. That’s football.”

The Owls host Queens Park Rangers today aiming to build on the four points picked up away from home against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City earlier this week.

Pudil said: “Against Cardiff maybe we deserved more than just a point. But we can be happy with four points, it lays a platform for us. The focus is now on QPR.”