Marco Dulca can’t wait to get back into action for Swansea City Under-23s following a five-month injury layoff.
The 19-year-old suffered a broken metatarsal during the development side’s 1-1 draw against Blackburn in Premier League 2 in late September.
The Romania Under-21 international admits his lack of football has been frustrating but feels he can return a better player having completed his rehabilitation.
“The last four months has not been a good period for me,” Dulca said.
“It was a tough period but with the help of my team mates and staff here it has gone quick and I feel fit and ready to go again.
“It has been frustrating because I have not been able to help the team on the pitch. Now I feel happy that I could be back in contention and now I feel happy to help the team.
“My first year with the under-23s was a transition year from the under-18s. I had targeted this season as the time to make my mark and play more minutes.
“Unfortunately, this injury has been a setback but I believe it can make me stronger.”
Dulca was on the bench for the under-23s during Tuesday’s Premier League Cup victory over Wolves, but has since played minutes during the under-19s' friendly victory over Carmarthen this past week.
The midfielder now has his focus set on getting back out on the field for the under-23s this Monday when the development side return to Premier League 2 action against Arsenal.
“Hopefully I will get some minutes against Arsenal and go from there," he added.
“I feel good after playing earlier this week. There was no pain in my foot. I can’t wait to start playing again.
“I think we can continue our positive form and start to turn the corner. I feel we are getting better as a team as time goes on.”
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