Michu's delight at Swans return

27th March 2014

Michu declared his delight at making his first start since December - before likening Saturday's clash with Norwich as a "cup final".

The Spaniard made his long awaited return from injury in the defeat to West Brom a fortnight ago, before coming off the bench against Everton last weekend.

Michu then made his first start since December in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal, with last season's top scorer having missed seventeen games with an ankle injury.

And the former Rayo Vallecano man was pleased to be back in action after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

"It was good to get that first start and I was very happy to do that," he said. "The result was so important for us because a point at the Emirates, against a team fighting for the title, is very good.

"It is the worst feeling for a player when you are out and you cannot help. It has been very, very hard but now I am happy I can help the team do what we want.

"It hasn't been a good season for me because of the injuries, sometimes that is the luck, but now I am very happy because I am back and I am always happiest when I am on the pitch."

Tuesday's draw at Arsenal saw the Swans move on to the 30-point mark in the Premier League, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Garry Monk's side welcome Norwich to the Liberty this Saturday in what is a crucial game for both sides.

And Michu believes the squad must adopt a "cup final" mentality as they look to take another step towards Premier League safety.

"It is a final, it has to be a final," he said. "We have had too many games without a win, we are at home, with our crowd, we need to win, it's massive, massive game.

"For me it's like the game against Bradford at Wembley, a final we have to win."