Former Arsenal star Vieira guides Manchester City starlet to Leeds United reunion

Manchester City Academy player George Swan.
Manchester City Academy player George Swan.

MANCHESTER City Academy starlet George Swan is hoping that guidance from legendary midfielder Patrick Vieira will aid his recovery from injury and propel him to a clash with former employers Leeds United in a week’s time.

The 17 year-old defender from Normanton left Leeds United’s academy more than two years ago to hook-up with City, where his progress towards securing a regular spot within the reserves has been hampered by a lateral knee ligament injury sustained in a match against Wrexham late last year.

However, Swan is now only a matter of days from a return to action and his first appearance for the academy this year, which is likely to be the home game against Leeds United at Platt Lane on March 10.

Swan, son of former Leeds United player Peter, said: “I am hoping to play some part in the Leeds game and I am just desperate to get out onto the pitch.

“I have been looked after really well by the club. They have taken extra care over my training programme and I have been given the very best treatment.

“Everything has gone to plan [during his return from injury] and there have been no hiccups, which you can get with injuries like this.”

He added: “I am now concentrating on building myself up for next season when I want to get into the reserves on a regular basis.”

Swan has received guidance from former Arsenal, Inter Milan and Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira who has taken on a training and youth development role at Eastlands after hanging up his boots last July.

Swan said: “Patrick has told me not to set targets on the number of games I want to play in but instead concentrate on getting fit.

“I was in training with him today [Tuesday] and we talked about taking one training session at a time and the importance of looking after yourself.

“I probably would be on the training pitch all the time because I am desperate to get fit but he told me to go home and rest.

“When Patrick Vieira tells you what to do you listen. He is an absolute legend and he has done it all.”

Swan added: “We have been told that if we ever have a problems we can talk to him and he often joins in with our training sessions.

“There was a moment in today’s training when I thought ‘I have just passed the ball to Patrick Vieira’ and you have to pinch yourself.”

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