Ki's big boost for Swans
5th February 2015
Ki Sung-Yueng is back sporting Swansea City colours and ready to give his club side a boost for Saturday's Barclay's Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium (3pm).
Ki flew in from South Korea last night to join the rest of Garry Monk's squad on the training ground this morning after leading his country to the runners-up spot in the Asian Cup in Australia.
But despite having played six games in 23 days, the influential midfielder declared he was "ready to work" after a few days recovery time back home.
"It's good to be back,'' declared Ki. "I had a great time in Australia, but now I'm ready to work hard for Swansea.
"The Asian Cup was a great experience. While we were all a bit disappointed not to win the final against Australia, everyone tried hard. We had a few injuries, but the youngsters who replaced them did well.
"I think the people back home in South Korea were impressed with how hard we worked. Yes, we were all disappointed we didn't win it, but they could see we all gave 100 per cent.''
While Ki was away on international duty, the Swans tasted victory and defeat in the FA Cup at Tranmere and Blackburn respectively, plus mixed Premier League fortunes against West Ham (D 1-1), Chelsea (L 5-0) and Southampton (W 1-0).
Coupled with the fact that Monk's midfield was decimated by injury and suspension throughout Ki's absence, his return is a welcome boost ahead of the visit of Sunderland - a club the 26-year-old knows well having spent last season on loan there.
"I was following Swansea's results while I was in Australia,'' added Ki. "There were a few unexpected results in there, but I know there was a lot of injuries and suspensions to deal with.
"As soon as the Asian Cup finished I couldn't wait to get back to Swansea. I was desperate to get back and help push the club higher up the table.
"I had an enjoyable time at Sunderland. It's a very nice club and it's going to be a bit strange playing against them if I'm selected on Saturday.
"But our priority is three points. It seems like a long time since we won at home - over a month - and we need a victory for the fans."