Taylor's looking ahead
18th October 2013
Sunderland's visit to the Liberty on Saturday could spark some painful memories for Neil Taylor, but the defender insists his injury nightmare is now well and truly in the past.
The 24-year-old's season looked all over when he broke his ankle during the home clash with the Black Cats 13 months ago.
Taylor was stretchered off and taken to hospital where it was confirmed he had broken and dislocated his ankle during an attempted tackle to win the ball.
He would miraculously return later that season, coming off the bench in the league defeat at Chelsea in April.
And now, just over a year on from sustaining that injury, he hopes to be back in the starting XI when Sunderland make their return to the Liberty.
But Taylor, who has featured three times under Michael Laudrup this season, remains typically positive when he looks back on his major setback.
"It's almost a year on from that injury - I've come a long way," reflected Taylor, who has featured twice in the past week for Wales.
"Injuries happen to players each week, and it just so happens I had a bad one against Sunderland. It was unfortunate.
"But that was a journey I went through, from the moment the injury happened to the first foot I placed back on the pitch.
"You have to be strong mentally, and you have to have the right attitude too.
"You can't get too down in the dumps. There are people out there who are far less fortunate than me, so who was I to mope about and feel sorry for myself?
"It gives you a bit of a reality check, and I was fortunate to have people who worked hard with me and cared for me as well.
"There are too many people to mention, but they all know how appreciative I am for everything they have done.
"I've been back playing since April and it has been the perfect way of thanking those that have helped me along the way.
"I also worked hard throughout the summer to ensure I was ready for this season, and now I'm really enjoying being a part of the squad not only here at Swansea, but with Wales too.
"So it's about looking ahead to what is an exciting period for us, which now includes an adventure in the Europa League."
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