Sunderland defender John Mensah admits his shoulder problem is still hurting him but he is happy to play through the pain barrier.
The 25-year-old Ghana international was sidelined for a month with the injury he picked up against Stoke in early November.
He is still receiving treatment on the area but was forced back into action in the weekend win over West Ham because of injuries to Michael Turner and Titus Bramble.
"My shoulder problem is still there but the pain is not like the first time because of the treatment I have had," Mensah revealed.
"The club sent me to a specialist also and that worked well. They are doing the job they are supposed to do to make me fit.
"It's not 100 per cent but I came back to help the team. I am happy to go through the pain. As players it is not up to us to be difficult - we must help the team."