VIDEO: Neil Taylor is glad to be back after injury
NEIL Taylor is aiming to resume his comeback bid at Birmingham tonight after suffering a scare last month.
Having being ruled out for almost all of last season with a serious ankle injury, Taylor was just beginning this campaign when he endured another setback.
The left-back had featured for Swansea in Europa League clashes against Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti, either side of an international outing with Wales.
Then Taylor sustained a dead leg, which would have sidelined him for a couple of weeks, until the problem got worse.
“I was going to travel to Tottenham, but we decided just to leave it for that game and then I’d be back,” he remembers.
“But on the Sunday it bled again. As soon as that happened I had to go into hospital. It felt like cramp, my leg went massive and I was thinking ‘what’s happened here?’
“It was difficult, I didn’t realise how bad it was going to be, but luckily no surgery was required.
“I was worried, it wasn’t a nice thing to happen because I didn’t know what it was.
“I could have been out for eight weeks, but luckily it was just over three, and it’ll be great to be out there again.”
Taylor is expected to return at St Andrew’s tonight, with Swansea tipped to give Ben Davies a well-earned rest.
Davies was involved in every match as Swansea played three games in six days across three countries last week.
Now Swansea prepare for another challenge with the start of their Capital One Cup defence.
Swansea enter in round three against the Blues knowing they are just two wins away from a quarter-final place.
“I’ve done a few days’ training now so hopefully I can get some game-time,” said Taylor. “We’ve kept the squad fit, I think it was just me and Pablo that were injured for the last match. The key if we’re going to do well is to keep everyone fit.
“There’s a squad here and everyone can play, which I think is great for the manager.
“We’ll go out there looking to perform and I’m sure the team will be different on Saturday and different again after that.
“It’s a chance to impress, but I don’t see it as competition for places because people are going to be needed.
“We’re all going to get a go this season because if we play towards 60 games there will have to be rotation.”
Birmingham go into the game struggling in the Championship, but picked up a morale-boosting win against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
For Swansea, their visit to the Midlands will bring
back happy memories of exploits in last year’s competition.
After beginning with an unglamorous tie at Crawley, Laudrup’s men overcame the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea before crushing Bradford at Wembley.
“Cup games are a warning for every football club, there are upsets up and down the country year after year,” added Taylor.
“We’ll just look to be professional, do what we’ve done over the past week which is perform and hopefully the result will take care of itself.
“We could have said the cup wasn’t important last season and that staying in the Premier League was the most important thing.
“But games like this build momentum.
“It’s a cup, it’s one we won last year and we want to do really well in it again.”