Billy Jones has told Sunderland's official website that he was embarrassed to have to come off against Leicester City.
Jones was switched with Anthony Réveillere in the 86th minute of Sunderland's 0-0 draw with Leicester, and the reason for his withdrawal has left the 28-year-old frustrated.
Jones cramped up in the latter stages of the game and admits that he was left feeling humiliated as he hobbled his way from the field.
“It is a little embarrassing really because I had severe cramp in my thigh and just couldn’t shift it," he said.
“I don’t think the head coach wanted to take a risk with me at such a late stage in the game and you don’t want to be at fault for anything, so like I said it was a little bit embarrassing.”
Despite Jones' cramp leaving him a little red in the face, he will be glad that he wasn't forced off by something more severe.
The right-back has missed much of the 2014/15 campaign with injury and will want to steer well clear of the treatment table for the foreseeable future.
Sunderland have two huge matches coming up against Arsenal and Chelsea, with their Premier League safety not yet secure.
At the moment the Black Cats are only three points clear of the drop zone, and they need another draw before they can feel assured of their top-flight status.