'Now I can look ahead to derby'
ASHLEY Williams insisted he can look forward to next Sunday's South Wales derby after returning to action in yesterday's goalless draw with West Ham.
The Swansea City captain was back at the heart of Michael Laudrup's defence having missed the last five weeks with an ankle injury.
Williams's previous appearance had come at Crystal Palace in late September.
He came through the Liberty stalemate unscathed and has now turned his attention to next week's clash against arch rivals Cardiff.
"It was a tough game and I was getting tired towards the end of both halves, but there is no pain, that's the main thing," said Williams.
"I've still got some work to do to build the lower part of the leg up a little bit more.
"But I felt good. It was a tough test for the ankle and it stood up to it, so I was pleased.
"It's pleasing to get 90 minutes under my belt.
"I didn't want to go straight into next week because of the intensity of the game.
"It was nice because now I feel a bit more confident and now I've got a full week's training.
"It's a massive game for obvious reasons, but we knew we had to concentrate on the West Ham game.
"That was important, but now we can look ahead."
Williams had missed six Swansea matches — and two of Wales's World Cup qualifiers — with a frustrating problem that took longer than expected to heal.
During that time, Swansea lost to Birmingham, Arsenal and Southampton, drew with Kuban Krasnodar and beat St Gallen and Sunderland.
"The last time I had a spell out with an injury I think was in 2007.
"I like playing and I don't enjoy watching," added the defender.
"I found it a bit strange and very frustrating.
"I didn't want to rush it.
"Most of the time I try to play through the pain, but this was one that I needed to rest.
"I played through one on my right last year and that still gives me some problems, so I didn't want that to happen with my left.
"We'll see how it reacts, we've had the ice on it, but I'm quite confident that it's going to be okay."