Amat closes in on first-team return
13th October 2014
Jordi Amat hopes to be back in action within a fortnight as the Swans defender continues his recovery from a knee injury.
The Spaniard has been sidelined since being replaced at half-time of the Swans' defeat at Chelsea exactly a month ago after sustaining the injury during a challenge with Eden Hazard.
Amat, however, is now on the road to recovery.
And he's closing in on his comeback date, which will give Monk further options at the back.
"I'm getting better every day and I'm feeling good," said the Spanish Under-21 international.
"At the moment I'm just running in straight lines and working on my upper body and legs in the gym. I'm also in the pool a lot for cardio work.
"I was glad we had the international break because it means I've had more time to recover.
"I'm working hard each day with the staff here and hopefully I'll be ready to play in around two weeks.
"I'm hoping to train during the week of the Leicester game with the aim of being in contention the following week."
Amat's injury setback came after the 22-year-old had been included in Garry Monk's starting XI for the first four Barclays Premier League fixtures.
The centre-back partnered captain Ashley Williams for the matches against Manchester United, Burnley, West Brom and Chelsea before being sidelined.
And while he was frustrated at missing out on the Swans' recent outings, Amat remains positive as he nears a first-team comeback.
"It was unlucky to have suffered the injury during the challenge with Hazard, but that's how football goes sometimes," he added.
"The physios here have been great with me because they have shown so much support and they are always encouraging me.
"I'll be glad to be return to training with the team because you put a lot of hours in at the gym on your own, so it will be nice being around the squad again.
"But now it's about coming back stronger and with a positive mentality. I was happy with my performances in the first few games and I feel confident in myself."