Routledge hopes injury niggles are behind him

25th February 2019
First team

Wayne Routledge hopes his recent injury niggles are behind him after making his return in Swansea City's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The experienced winger had featured regularly and performed strongly since being recalled to the starting line-up in the December win at Brentford, only to suffer a calf strain in the home win over Sheffield United last month.

It forced the 34-year-old to miss five of Swansea's next six games, with an outing against Millwall seeing the calf problem flare up.

But Routledge was back at Hillsborough, coming off the bench at the break and giving the Swans a flicker of hope when his deflected shot from a Connor Roberts pull-back found the net.

It was not enough to help the Swans salvage any points on a disappointing afternoon.

But Routledge was glad to be back in action.

"The important thing is the result and performance and we didn't really have either in this game, but of course it is good to be back out there," he said.

"It has been a frustrating time, I did not play too much over the first few months and I have enjoyed being back in the side and having regular game time.

"So to have to miss a few weeks was disappointing, but I hope that is behind me now and I can press on over the rest of the season."