Britton targets a positive finish to season
28th March 2015
Swans midfielder Leon Britton is determined to finish the season on a high after an injury-hit campaign.
Britton has managed just seven Barclays Premier League appearances this season, with injuries preventing him from being part of Garry Monk's plans.
The 32-year-old, who picked up a knee injury in pre-season, had to wait until November for his first taste of action as he came off the bench in the 2-1 home win over Arsenal.
Britton also missed last weekend's win at Aston Villa due to a back problem, but he is hoping to be back in contention for the home fixture with Hull City on Saturday, April 4.
But while he has not had much to shout about this season on a personal note, he has been encouraged by the club's "unbelievable" campaign which sees Monk's men on the brink of breaking club records.
"The team is doing very well. We have 43 points with eight games to go, so it's been an unbelievable season for us so far," said Britton.
"It's been great for the club, but for me it's been a really frustrating season. I missed the start of the season due to a knee injury, then I came back from that and picked up little injuries along the way.
"Now I have a back issue, which is an old injury. It has flared up in training but I'm hoping it won't keep me out for long.
"I've had a bulging disc which I've had two injections in over the years. It may be the case I have another injection, or the other option is to leave it and see if it settles down.
"I'm hoping to be back in training on Monday or Tuesday with the medical team and I'll look to work my way up from there.
"Hopefully I can play some part in the remaining games and put a positive end to my season."
With Britton out injured, Monk has utilised the likes of Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Tom Carroll, Jay Fulton and January acquisition Jack Cork in the holding midfield role.
And Britton admits he will have to be patient as he looks to win his place back in Monk's plans.
"I understand that I've been out for a period of time so I will have to wait for a chance to get back into the team," he added.
"I'd love to play more - it's not a case of showing the manager what I can do - but the lads have been playing very well and have earned the right to be playing every week, so I have to get back fit and make sure I'm available if the manager needs me.
"I'm not the type to go and kick the manager's door down. I've spoken to him about it and I understand I won't be starting as regularly as I used to. We have very strong competition in midfield, so my job now is to get fit and help the team as much as possible - whether that's by just being around the boys or by contributing on the pitch.
"The squad here is very good - you won't find anyone sulking if they are not playing because they have to show the right attitude and support everyone else in the squad. We all realise it is the team that matters most and not the individual.
"It shows the togetherness in the squad, and that's very important at a club like ours.
"It has played a big part in getting us to where we are today."