19:57 28th April 2013
. . . defender delighted after making return from injury
Neil Taylor revealed his joy after completing a remarkable recovery from injury after coming off the bench in the away defeat to Chelsea.
The Wales international replaced Ben Davies for the last ten minutes of the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, which was his first appearance since breaking his ankle against Sunderland last September.
The left-back had been expected to miss the remainder of the campaign, but Taylor’s speedy rehabilitation saw him back on the pitch on Sunday.
He had featured for the club’s U21s team along with being an unused squad in the home draw with Southampton six days previously, but he went one further this time as Michael Laudrup gave him a run-out against the Blues.
And Taylor revealed he kept a present reserved for Swans physios Kate Rees and Richard Buchanan as a thank you for the role they played in his comeback.
“It was a nice feeling to be out there. Stamford Bridge is a little different to an U21s game, but I’m glad I’ve made that step,” said Taylor.
“I’m always ready and hoping to get on, but with how the game was balance the manager realised he could give me an opportunity.
“The fans were great all day towards me too. They were cheering me during the warm-up and every touch I had on the pitch and that was really appreciated.
“All I could really hear was our fans all afternoon, and we’re disappointed we couldn’t get any points for them.
“But I’m just glad to be back. I’ve given my match shirts to Kate and Rich to say thank you.
“Hopefully seeing me on the pitch is a big thank you to everyone who has played a part in my comeback too.
“I have another hard week of training ahead for me. The end of the season is coming quickly, but I don’t want it to end.”
Goals from Oscar and sub Frank Lampard (penalty) in the final minutes of the first half were enough to sink the Swans, which means they are now six games without a win.
Next up is a home clash with Manchester City, but Taylor is relishing the opportunity of a potential run out at the Liberty.
“It’s not an easy run-in at all, but we’re at home and we want to get a result badly for our fans,” added Taylor.
“It’s going to be difficult but we need to get something to stop the rot.
“I’m hoping, too, that I can possibly get the chance to play in front of our fans at home too, which would be great.
“But we’ll wait and see how it goes. I’ve got my first few minutes under my belt, but I’m still pretty laid back about it. I’ll be patient and see what the manager has planned.”