Swans winger Nathan Dyer has admitted that he feared the worst as he was stretchered off the Carrow
Road pitch last Sunday.
Dyer was left reeling after landing awkwardly on his right ankle and bearing the full weight of big defender Sebastien Bassong.
Having left Norwich in an ambulance bound for hospital with a suspected fractured ankle, even his manager Michael Laudrup prepared for bad news as they flew back to Swansea without the 26-year-old.
“I feared the worst,’’ admitted Dyer. “My ankle twisted, gave way and I felt a big crunch. I was convinced it was broken.
“I was in tremendous pain and had to have a lot of morphine waiting for the ambulance to come.’’
Before Dyer left the pitch, he had given the Swans a 12th minute lead with a great finish.
“I was feeling good in the game, especially after getting the early goal,’’ he added.
By the time he left the ground at half-time, Norwich had grabbed an equaliser in injury-time via a superb Gary Hooper volley.
“I heard the cheer in the doctor’s room and then they wheeled me off to hospital.’’
Fortunately the x-rays confirmed no break on his arrival, but Dyer still faces a number of weeks in rehab with ligament damage.
“I suppose it’s one of mixed emotions. I’m relieved the injury is not as bad as I first thought, but I still hate being out and doing rehab.
“I always like to keep positive though and there’s been worst injuries than mine.’’
Over the next few days Dyer will see the specialist who carried out surgery on the same ankle when he was a 19-year-old on the books of Southampton. Then, and only then, will he set himself a comeback date.
“I’ve had some nice messages from Swans fans and those at other clubs. Bassong and Norwich manager Chris Hughton both sent me a text after the game to wish me well, while Bradley Johnson, who’s a good friend, also phoned me in the hospital.
“Their concern and kind words were appreciated and now I just want to get back playing as quick as I can.
“I’ve scored five goals so far this season and I’ve got a target to reach – although I’m not telling anyone what it is!’’