07:00 22nd May 2013
. . . Britton to go under the surgeon's knife in Germany
Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton will undergo a double hernia operation in Germany next month.
Britton will travel to Munich with Head Physiotherapist Kate Rees for the operation on June 4, which should ensure he will be ready to return for pre-season training in July.
The midfielder, who featured in 33 of the Swans’ 38 Barclays Premier League matches this season, played through the pain barrier for the past two months in order to complete the campaign.
But a double operation, followed by rehabilitation a few weeks later, should allow Britton to take part in the start of pre-season training as Michael Laudrup’s squad prepare for another testing campaign that will include a venture in the Europa League.
“For the last two months of the season my groin has felt quiet tight, but I wanted to play through the pain and finish the season,” said Britton.
“I missed parts of training in that time but it was necessary to ensure I was available for the games, although I did struggle a little bit in the last four to six weeks.
“I’ve had one hernia since December, and a scan around four weeks or so ago showed I had another one.
“So I will be flying out to Germany with Kate on June 2 and I’ll have the operation two days later before flying back on the sixth. “I’ve had a hernia operation before, around 2005, so I know the procedure.
“It means I will come in during the summer to do some rehab which will make sure I’m ready for pre-season training.
“Next season will be huge for us as we will be involved in four competitions, so I want to make sure I’m fit and ready when we report back for pre-season.”