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Bywater back in business

14 November 2012


Stephen Bywater is back in business with Wednesday after suffering a recent scare with illness that dictated a three-week absence.


The Owls’ keeper saw a virus develop into a bout of pneumonia, which was so serious that he struggled to even speak at the peak of the illness.


Thankfully, the condition subsided and Bywater was back between the sticks for a behind closed doors friendly against Huddersfield on Tuesday.

He said: “I had a headache virus for ten days, that turned into a chest infection, and that turned into pneumonia.


“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.”

He added: “I’m quite fit, supple and strong; I always have been. That helped me through it.


“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.”

Rival for the gloves Chris Kirkland has started every league game for the Owls so far this season and Bywater has emphasised the strong relationship between the two – while also stating his availability for duty once more.


He said: “I’ll keep going. 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.”

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