Bartley targeting a positive finish
17th April 2015
Kyle Bartley is determined to end his season on a positive note following a successful knee operation.
The 23-year-old has been sidelined since mid-February after suffering a meniscus tear in his knee during a training session.
With the operation - which cleaned up and repaired cartilage damage - going to plan, Bartley is now ready to play a part in the Swans' remaining six games.
The centre-back has made nine appearances this term, which included the win over his old club Arsenal, and he hopes to add to his tally by featuring in Saturday's trip to Leicester City.
"I'm fully fit now," declared Bartley. "I've had almost two weeks of training following knee surgery, so I'm starting to feel sharp.
"The operation went really well. Sometimes there can be complications, swelling etc, but it was a complete success.
"There's six games left and it would be great to get some game-time in that period.
"All you want to do in football is play games. After the disappointment of being out injured and having the operation, it would be fantastic to finish the season by playing a few games.
"All I can do is work hard in training and show the manager that I'm ready to play."
The Swans head to the King Power Stadium looking to break their points record in the Premier League - needing just one point to surpass their 47 tally set in 2011-12.
Garry Monk's squad visit the East Midlands short of full-back options, with Neil Taylor serving a two-match ban and Kyle Naughton ruled out with injury while Jazz Richards and Dwight Tiendalli are out on loan.
And Bartley, who played full-back while on loan at Rangers in 2011-12, is raring to go ahead of the clash with the Foxes.
"We're a little short of numbers in defence as Neil is suspended and Kyle is injured while a few of our full-backs are out on loan," he added. I'm available for selection, so it depends on whether the manager needs me and thinks I'm sharp enough to be involved."