“I was in bed for two weeks solid,” Ryan Sheridan told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s crucial Super League game at Hull KR.
“I couldn’t get out of bed and I had all sorts of symptoms. It got to the stage where, if it got any worse, it could be hospital time. Fortunately it didn’t get to that.
“The scary thing for me is that my brother had it and came within hours of dying. That was what was in the back of my mind. I was real conscious of that.
“There is nothing you can do, it’s a long-drawn out process waiting to get better. It’s the first time for a couple of months that I’ve felt all right.”
Sheridan says he received words of comfort from his brother during his illness.
“He told me to hang in there,” he said. “At the back of his mind, he was thinking about what he went through.”