Dyer's a step closer to Premier League return

25th September 2017
First team

Nathan Dyer admits he needs more game time to be ready for Premier League action but is on the road to recovery after featuring for Swansea City Under-23s.

The 29-year-old had not seen action since rupturing his Achilles in the early stages of the Swans’ home win over Leicester City back in February.

But following over seven months on the sidelines Dyer played just under an hour during the development side’s 3-1 defeat against Manchester City at Landore on Friday.

“The game was a huge step for me - was good to get back out there," said Dyer.

“It has been close to eight months since I put on shin pads and managed to get out on the pitch so it was good to have a run.

“Playing a game is completely different to training. You can train as much as you want but game time is what you need.

“I was told to go out and enjoy it and getting back to action has been a weight off my shoulders.”

The winger, who has made over 280 appearances for the Swans, believes he still needs more game time to get match fit and could feature for the U23s again this week.

“I think more U23s games will help me,” he said. “They are tough and competitive matches and will help me get back to match strength.

“I am not quite ready for first-team action yet. I still need a few more games, but I am pleased I was able to get almost an hour under my belt.

“I am hoping to get more minutes this week when the U23s play Celtic in the International Cup.

“My road to recovery is on and I am pleased to be back playing football again.”