Leon: It's good to be back

28th February 2018
First team

Leon Britton admitted it was good to be back after returning to first-team action in Swansea City’s Emirates FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Britton had not played for more than four months thanks to a combination of fitness problems and two separate roles on the Swans’ coaching staff.

But having refocused on his playing career following the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal, Britton stepped back on to the pitch as a late substitute on Tuesday night.

Typically, the midfielder’s entrance prompted huge cheers from the Liberty crowd.

And having got back into the fold after overcoming a pelvic problem, Britton was delighted to make his first appearance under Carvalhal.

“It was great to get back out there,” he said.

“My last game was in October against Leicester, so it has been a long time.

“A lot of things have happened at the club and with the team in that space of time, but it is good to overcome the injuries and get back out there with my team-mates.

“As always, the fans were brilliant for me and for the team. I haven’t played for four months and they still gave me a great reception when I came on, which is great for me.”

Britton helped the Swans close out their 2-0 triumph over the Owls, a result which puts them through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The last time the club made it to the last eight of the competition was way back in 1963-64.

“It is a big achievement for us to get this far,” Britton added.

“The manager spoke to us about it before the game. We knew we could make history if we performed well and won the game. We are absolutely delighted that we did that.”