Pablo targets "special" return
27th November 2013
Pablo Hernandez aims to make a "special" return from injury when his current and past clubs go head-to-head in a crucial Europa League tie at the Liberty.
Group A leaders Valencia face the Swans in SA1 on Thursday, with Michael Laudrup's side knowing victory would guarantee their place in the last 32 of the competition.
Hernandez, who missed the Swans' 3-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla in September due to injury, has made just six appearances this season due to hamstring and thigh problems.
But he's hoping to play a part in Laudrup's plans against a club where he spent eight years before a £5.55million move to the Swans in August 2012.
"This game is very special to me because this is my old team, but for the rest of the squad it is also very important," said the Spanish international.
"I missed the first game at the Mestalla but I went to the game with the squad and it was a special night.
"Valencia is my second home. I was there for eight years, and this will be a special game for my family and friends.
"I have trained this week with the team and hopefully I will play.
"The last three months have been very hard for me.
"I started the season with an injury, but then I played three games and picked up an injury in the international break that followed.
"I made my recovery against West Ham, and then after two training sessions I had another injury which was different to the previous one.
"But to play on Thursday night would be special for me."
The Swans could qualify from the group before they actually kick-off against Valencia.
If St Gallen can only manage a draw with Kuban Krasnodar in Russia - in a game which finishes before the Swans get underway - then Laudrup's side are guaranteed a place in the knockout stages.
Valencia currently top the group on nine points with the Swans just a point behind while St Gallen have three and Kuban have two.
Tickets are still available for Valencia's visit to the Liberty on Thursday night. You can purchase your ticket online, via contacting 0844 815 6665 or in-person at the Ticket Office.