Swansea City Under-23s midfielder Adnan Maric delighted to be back in action
20th December 2016
Adnan Maric is hoping to play a big part in Swansea City Under-23s' plans in 2017 after making his return from injury this week.
The midfielder came off the bench for the last 16 minutes of Monday night's Premier League 2 Division 2 victory over Middlesbrough at Landore.
It ended an eight-week spell on the sidelines for the 19-year-old, who had suffering with Myositis ossificans - a rare condition which saw a bone grow between his thigh muscle.
Back fit and raring to go, Maric now aims to figure regularly as the U23s - ten points clear at the top of the division - look to build on their superb start to the campaign in the new year.
"It is a rare injury that has been frustrating but it was nice to make my comeback last night," said Maric, who had last featured in the U23s' 2-1 win over Stoke in late October.
"I have been working hard with Huw (Roberts), our physio, behind the scenes. He has put in a real shift with me to ensure I am match fit and I am really pleased and thankful to be back out on the pitch.
"It was hard to sit on the side and not be playing games but I always have felt a part of this team and the wins we have been getting.
"We have lots of work to do in 2017 this season and now I am fit I want to play a big part in that."
Victory over Middlesbrough was a seventh consecutive win for the young Swans, who are led by Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack.
Their festive programme concludes on Thursday, when they visit Chelsea in the Premier League International Cup.
The Swans know they will progress to the knockout stages if they avoid defeat against the Blues in Aldershot.
And Maric believes the U23s' recent form has been reflected in their results so far this term.
"It's excellent to win seven games in a row - the boys have put in a real shift this season," added Maric.
"I think we deserve the run we are on but we know the hard work can't stop if we want the run to continue. I hope we can keep things going."
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