Karl Darlow did his 'utmost' to make sure he could play against Wolves and Steve Bruce does not believe 'many people' would have been able to bounce back so quickly from the knock the Newcastle United goalkeeper suffered.
The 30-year-old was left with severe bruising in a sensitive area following a heavy collision with Marcus Rashford in the Magpies' 4-1 defeat against Manchester United earlier this month.
Darlow, who has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, managed to recover for Newcastle's trip to Wolves just eight days later.
The shot-stopper was not as busy at Molineux as he had been previously but he felt he should have kept Raul Jimenez's long-range effort out 10 minutes from time.
Regardless, Jacob Murphy ultimately rescued a point for the Magpies with a late free-kick.
"It looked a really good strike from where I was," Bruce told BBC Sport when asked if there would be a tinge of disappointment from a goalkeeper's perspective about Jimenez's strike. "I haven't really seen it. I only saw it live.
"In the form he is in, he will probably think he could have done better but, let me tell you, they're not many people who would have been playing out there with the knock that he had last week so fair play to him.
"He's been trying his utmost day in and day out to make sure he is on the pitch and, as I said, not many would have put themselves in that position so fair play to him."