Neil Taylor has confirmed he sought the services of a psychologist to help overcome his injury setback at Swansea.

The Welsh full-back broke his ankle in September - after a seemingly innocuous challenge with Craig Gardner – and was expected to miss the rest of the season.

He told the official Swansea website: "I've tried to explore every single avenue there is in terms of aiding my comeback.

"It was all about talking about the injury, how I felt, the thought of going into a 50-50 challenge and the possibility of it happening again."

Taylor was included in the 18-man squad for the Swans' home encounter with Southampton at the weekend, and is pushing for a return to the starting XI.

The ex-Wrexham defender insisted it wasn't just club employees who helped him while on the sidelines, but supporters too.

"I've got a lot of people to thank for what they have done for me," he reflected. "Every day since the injury I've had fans offering support and motivating me even more to come back stronger."

Despite Taylor's absence, Michael Laudrup's side have enjoyed a very successful season, capped off by winning the Capital One Cup in February.

Swansea currently lie in 9th place in the Premier League, and looked likely to eclipse last year's league finish under former coach Brendan Rodgers.

However they are now five games without a win, and face high-flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

 

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