King delighted with injury return
Adam King was delighted after playing his first minutes of the 2018-19 campaign for Swansea City Under-23s on Monday.
The 23-year-old has been sidelinded since July after suffering a knee injury and fracture to his shin bone that left him on crutches for two months.
The Edinburgh-born player, who signed for the Swans in January 2014, played 45 minutes during the under-23s' 3-2 league defeat against Brighton.
“I was buzzing to be back out on the pitch - I have missed it,” King said.
“It’s the first major injury I’ve had during my career and it has been a long few months for me.
“It has been tough mentally as well as physically because you see everyone going out to train and you are still in the physio room – it can be frustrating.
“You have to stay positive because it helps you recover quicker. Injuries like this are tough mentally but I think they can make you stronger as a player and person.
“I have to thank the coaches and medical staff. Everyone has been on point to help me back."
The pre-season injury ended King’s six-month loan spell at League One side Peterborough United with the midfielder returning to Swansea to work on his recovery.
And King hopes to fight for first-team football in the coming months once back to full fitness.
“It seems like an eternity ago now,” King continued. “I was gutted the loan had to end but I understood because it was bad injury.
“They have a good squad this season and are doing really well, so it would have been good to have been part of it. But that is football.
“It has been great to see so many of my colleagues get their chance at a first-team level at Swansea. It shows that the academy is pushing in the right direction and only encourages you.
“My priority from here is to continue to work on my fitness and get back to full strength.
“Hopefully I will get another opportunity in first-team football. Whether that is out on loan or with the Swans remains to be seen, but I will work hard and take it as it comes.”