When Jose Semedo says he is in pain then something certainly must be wrong.
The tough-tackling Portuguese midfielder can always be relied upon to run through the proverbial brick walls for the Owls, such is his dedication to the club.
It was really painful - I couldn’t even put my football boot on because it hurt my footJose Semedo
So the severity of a toe infection which robbed him of playing time earlier this month was never in question.
Semedo insists the issue is now behind him – though it was painful going for a couple of weeks.
“I’m absolutely fine now,” Semedo told the Star.
“I had a little cut on the toe and my foot started to swell up so that stopped me from training and playing games.
“It was really painful.
“I couldn’t even put my football boot on because it hurt my feet.
“It got better some days but if I tried doing too much on my foot, it would swell up again.”
After sitting out the trip to Ipswich with the injury, he was still suffering when he returned to the side against Brighton at Hillsborough.
But it quickly became apparent the 28-year-old was not fit enough to play and he was withdrawn after 34 minutes.
He said: “I was feeling pain in my foot against Brighton and I had two tackles on it and I had to come off because I couldn’t run and it was really, really painful.
“It was impossible to carry on because it was really, really painful.
“If the tackles had not been on the same point as where I had the pain, I would have carried on.
“I’ve taken antibiotics for it so hopefully these injuries are now behind me.
“I managed to get through the whole game on Tuesday and had no reaction or problem.
Everything is okay now and I’ve been able to train normally.
“It has settled down. The most important thing is your health and you are able to train normally again.
“It was frustrating missing a couple of games but everything is back to normal and I will try to do my best for the club.”
Semedo played the full 90 minutes in the win at Millwall in midweek and is likely to retain his place when high-flying Middlesbrough visit Hillsborough this afternoon.
The Owls’ play-off hopes may have drifted away but Semedo insists they will have as strong a desire for the win as their promotion chasing visitors this afternoon.
He said: “Middlesbrough need the points to maintain their position but we need the points to keep looking up.
“They are one of the best teams in the division.
“They are doing very well this season and are on track to get back in the Premier League.
“It will be a really difficult game.”