GEORGE Swan’s fledgling career at Manchester City has suffered an injury set-back but the teenager from Normanton is confident that he will bounce back and revive his ambition to play for City’s first team in the future.
Central defender Swan, 17, required an operation to repair a lateral knee ligament injury sustained in City Reserves’ game against Wrexham three months ago and the former Durkar Devils junior admits that time on the sidelines has been frustrating.
However, with a return to training edging closer there is renewed enthusiasm from the son of former Leeds United player Peter Swan. George said: “It is frustrating but it’s part of football and you have to learn to deal with it.
“The coaches and physios at City have told me to take my time and make sure I get back to fitness properly.
“The club monitors players’ mental as well as physical attributes so hopefully I can prove that I can handle a long-term injury.”
Swan added: “I was hoping to go out on loan this season but that’s looking very doubtful now.
“It will be hard to get back into the reserves because the standard of competition is so high. City can bring in any young players they want and paying £1million is nothing for the club.”
The injury also robbed Swan of a place in City’s U19s team that played in the NextGen Series, in which they took on counterparts from Barcelona, Celtic and Marseille at the end of last year.
Despite facing intense competition for places, Swan is remaining positive after impressing the coaching staff at the Etihad Stadium.
He said: “The coaches are really happy with my development and everything was going well up to getting injured.”
Swan is set to schedule a return date with the club physiotherapist this week and he is upbeat, saying: “I feel like I am getting close to playing again now and I can’t wait.”
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