Collision with Dirk Kuyt was ‘scary’ says Jonathan de Guzman
JONATHAN de Guzman did not know what day it was.
The noise had been like a thunderclap and concern was etched on the faces of his Dutch international team-mates.
Robin van Persie was first to tend to de Guzman, who was out cold for around a minute and needed a while longer to get his confidence back.
"I didn't know what happened," de Guzman explains.
"The doctor asked me what day it was, and I said Wednesday (it was a Tuesday).
"But I corrected myself right afterwards, so it wasn't that bad.
"Everyone was just shocked because of the way I fell and because I was unconscious.
"When I came around, I didn't realise what was going on."
Surprisingly, de Guzman was not knocked out in an aerial challenge.
Instead it was a passing drill, albeit a high-tempo exercise with lots of players running different lines and at considerable pace.
They are supposed to miss one another, a bit like the Red Arrows on a football pitch.
But on this occasion, de Guzman rattled into Dirk Kuyt and went down like a falling tree.
"Dirk's probably the one of the worst guys to knock yourself into!" de Guzman says with a smile which was not around when the nasty injury struck a fortnight ago.
"He's a very strong guy and he had an ugly bash on his eye.
"I was out a little longer than he was, but he had a lot of blood gushing from his eye."
Former Liverpool forward Kuyt was left with a mighty shiner, but he was back playing quicker than de Guzman.
Ruled out of the Netherlands' friendly in Portugal, de Guzman then missed Swansea's defeat by Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League season.
But he was back in action as a substitute when Swansea thumped Petrolul Ploiesti last Thursday night and made a first league start of the season at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
It has been a surprisingly swift return for a man who was horizontal on a stretcher with a bandage around his head only a couple of weeks back.
"It was an ugly collision," de Guzman adds.
"We didn't see each other and I was out for quite a while.
"They told me I was out for about a minute, so that wasn't that bad.
"It was just a shock. Everyone was shocked by the noise it made after the collision.
"But I'm happy to be back. It was a quick recovery — it took me about a week to really feel fit and join up with the group again."
He was a regular in a Swansea shirt last season — hence he attracted the attention of the Dutch coach — but de Guzman admits he feared a long lay-off after his close encounter with Kuyt.
It seemed the start of his second may be badly hampered by injury.
"It was scary, of course, because you're never sure how a collision or being unconscious could affect you," de Guzman says.
"So I was scared and my family were scared, but I'm happy to be back.
"I thought I was going to be out longer.
"But as the days went on, I felt better each day and had some good treatment.
"It was a quick recovery in the end and it was good to get going again against Petrolul."
After taking his first strides in the Europa League — and marking his return by having a hand in Swansea's fifth goal — de Guzman got 90 minutes under his belt at White Hart Lane.
This was a different contest altogether, for Swansea were bullied at times having been utterly dominant against the Romanians.
If defeat at Spurs was a little dispiriting, merely getting a game under the belt was great news for de Guzman.
There is a need to get confidence back, after all, following the Kuyt collision.
Footage of the incident can be seen on the internet — and it does not make pretty viewing.
"I've seen it and it's not really nice to see," de Guzman says.
"I saw it a couple of times and that was enough.
"You can't see it up close and watching it, I can't remember it.
"We had a passing drill in a group with a lot of players running between each other, and these things can happen."
Fingers crossed de Guzman will not go through anything similar any time soon, for he has already been left scarred.
"I needed eight stitches, but it will heal quite nicely. I think people will like it," he insists.
Swansea had a hard time at Spurs, with the power of players like Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue making life difficult for de Guzman and Co in midfield.
Pointless after two league games, Swansea now switch their focus back to Europe.
The pressure is off ahead of Thursday's second leg against Petrolul, hence it is not easy to predict what sort of side Michael Laudrup will pick.
Then again, that is the case in every game just now when it comes to the middle of the pitch.
Even with Ki Sung-Yueng seemingly heading for the exit door, Laudrup's options in midfield are plentiful.
"It's very competitive," de Guzman concedes.
"We all push each other, which is very good."
But not literally, of course.
Even one run-in with a team-mate is too many — as de Guzman can testify.