Leeds United winger Robert Snodgrass has revealed he was in 'agony' before undergoing an operation to remove his appendix.
The Scotland international missed Leeds' games against Barnsley, Burnley and Arsenal after suffering severe stabbing pain in his stomach.
Snodgrass came off the bench in Saturday's draw at Crystal Palace and played a key role in Simon Grayson's side claiming a point after slotting home the equaliser.
The 24-year-old knew his health comes first and foremost and he did fear he could miss over a month of action and not the two weeks he was forced to sit out.
"I woke up with massive pains in the stomach," Snodgrass revealed. "It was agony. I started to get a little light-headed, feeling really weak.
"I thought it was stomach cramp but the specialist took me in quickly the next day and within 45 minutes the operation was done.
"Your health is the most important thing. I had to put football on the backburner.
"Appendicitis can come on any time for anybody. It doesn't matter how fit you are or how healthy you eat.
"I thought it could be anything from two to six weeks. But as I'd taken care of myself, and been helped by the backroom staff, I was able to come back quickly."