Friday April 3 2015
Michu: 'Injury nightmare over'

Michu described his injury nightmare at Napoli and admitted a return to Swansea City is likely.

The 29-year-old moved on loan last summer with an option to buy, but has made just six appearances in all competition for the club, totalling 240 minutes of football.

“I feel good now and there’s not long to go before I can return to the field. I think I’ll be ready for next week,” he told Spanish paper Marca.

Michu had ankle surgery in 2013, but went under the knife again 11 months later.

“It has been difficult and there’s nothing worse for a player than being injured. In my case, it’s the second time I have been through this agony, but I try to stay positive. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“The first operation did not go as planned. In March I returned to playing, but the ankle still hurt and I thought that after the summer it would resolve itself so I could start the season properly.

“I grit my teeth until November, but at that point the pain had become unbearable. I feel better after the second operation and it seems as if the ankle has healed. I can’t wait to get back to feeling like a football player.”

Napoli fans have barely seen Michu in action and that makes it very unlikely the club will take up its option to make the move permanent.

“I have to take it one step at a time and focus on recovery. I want to prove that I can do good things and be useful for the team until the end of this season.

“I also want to repay the faith Rafa Benitez had in me. The times I did train with the group, he proved to be that he’s at the top as a Coach and as a person.

“I haven’t been fortunate, but I’d like to come back to Napoli and repay the fans for the affection they showed from the first day. The supporters are extraordinary.

“I don’t think the club will exercise the option, seeing as I was injured for so long, but my only desire is to help Napoli in this final portion of the campaign.
“Will I return to Swansea? I really don’t know, the truth is I’m not thinking of my future right now. I just want to heal.”

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