James aims to progress after 'frustrating season’

8th December

Daniel James insists he is keen to put injury worries behind him and move forward with Swansea City’s Under-23s this season.

A reoccurring abdominal strain has limited the promising 20-year-old to just one start and five appearances for the development side this campaign.

The winger returned from six weeks on the sidelines on Thursday, coming off the bench to score as the under-23s defeated Colchester United 5-1 in Group D of the Premier League Cup.

“It is great to be back, especially after being out the last few weeks,” he said. “It has been a frustrating season - very stop start, very on and off.

“Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I have just had to maintain my focus and keep working hard off the pitch.

“I have had to deal with this injury for a while. I am not 100 per cent yet, but I think I am close.

“Getting a goal was the perfect way to show I am coming back to full fitness. 

“It is a massive confidence boost for me and I want to build on Thursday’s performance and target more starts.

“There are plenty of games between now and Christmas. I need to play as many as I can.”