SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Physio Paul Smith on way back to fitness!

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ON match days Paul Smith attends to any Wednesday players who are hurt and during the week he is in charge of the Owls’ efforts to get players fit as quickly as possible.

But the club’s head physio has himself been ruled out of action after an emergency operation.

He is at home after the removal of his appendix.

If anyone is injured during the Hull game tomorrow then it wil be assistant physio Dean Taylor running on to the pitch.

Smith sees his surgeon again next Wednesday and hopes for a go-aheasd to return to work soon, though he has been told not to drive before tomorrow week.

His appendix problem flared up on the Thursday night before the Wolves game and it was the start of a painful 24 hours.

He was referred to a specialist the following day and had the operation in hospital that evening.

It is the first lay-off of his physio career but he is he itching to get back to work and has closely followed the team’s fortunes in the games against Wolves and Burnley.

“My missus, Lisa, says I hate being at home and would rather be at work so she can’t wait to get rid of me,” he says.

But Smith says that the physio department has been left in good hands.

“Dean and masseurs Ben Parker and Gary Silk have been working tirelessly, seven days a week, to make sure the department maintains its standards, and they are doing a really good job,” he said.