Fer's step forward
Leroy Fer is a step closer to a return to action after striding back on to the Swansea City training ground for the first time in five months.
Fer has been working hard throughout the summer in a bid to overcome the ruptured Achilles he suffered at Leicester City in early February.
And with another milestone passed on the road to recovery, Fer is eyeing a possible playing return in September.
“I have had some tough months, with everything that has happened in the club of course, but getting back out on the grass is another step forward for me and that’s very positive,” the midfielder said.
“I have been calm and patient and I have been working hard. It’s paid off.
“My Achilles is feeling very good – I am not feeling anything now. I am working hard every day and every day it’s improving.
“I am very happy to be back on the pitch, but we have to keep working.”
The loss of Fer was a cruel blow to the Swans given that he had been in fine form just before injury struck.
New boss Graham Potter will welcome the Dutch international with open arms whenever he is deemed ready to make a comeback.
“If everything goes right hopefully I can play games in the beginning or middle of September, but I am not putting a timeframe on it,” Fer added.
“I just want to be strong and fit so I can play again. Of course I want to play football and I want to get back as soon as possible. I want to enjoy life.
“I pray and I work hard. That’s the only thing I can do. Hopefully I will be back soon.”
Though Fer will not be available for the start of the season, Potter has sat down with the former Norwich and Queens Park Rangers man to discuss his situation.
“I had a good chat with the manager,” Fer said.
“He wants me back as soon as possible but of course he wants me to be strong. That’s why we have to be patient and make sure we get everything right before I can play again.”