Date:Monday June 28 2010
Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde says he's not sure when he'll return to action, but is confident he'll play next season.
The Dutchman has barely kicked a ball in the last two seasons due to a long run of serious knee injuries which started in November 2008 in a home match against Birmingham City.
Since then, Bodde has tried and failed twice to recover from some terrible knee ligament injuries which required long, tough rehabilitation sessions, and the 27 year-old knows he'll have to go through all that for a third time in order to play football once again.
Bodde, along with many fans, feared the worst, thinking his second setback last season would end his career, but the midfielder has more optimism now about his chances of getting back to playing regular first team football.
He says he's not sure when he'll be back, but he's confident he'll play for the Swans at some point next season:
"I can`t say when I will be back now, I will definitely play next season, but we don`t know when.
"Initially, I was hopeful I could be back by late September. Now I don`t want to put a date on it.
"All I can say is that it may be a while. We just have to take it on a month-by-month basis and see how I am doing.
"I want to be as strong as possible when I return. Unfortunately that doesn`t always mean you are back as quickly as you want to be."
"The operation went really well and the surgeon did a really good job. But then, after two weeks, I had a swollen knee and they discovered I had an infection.
"They say one in six people get them after operations like this and it was just another bit of bad luck. It was nobody`s fault, but it meant I had to go in and have another minor operation to clean it out.
"I was really disappointed, but everything is going well now so I will be stepping up my rehab again very soon. It was a big setback, but now I am back on track."
The club has ensured that Bodde wasn't brought back into action too soon, and he knows he'll need a lot time to recover and prepare for a return - hopefully it'll be third time lucky.
"I can`t wait to play again, but it`s more important that I take as long as I need this time,"
"If it were to happen again then it would be very hard for me to come back at all so I have to look after my body.
"I didn`t admit it to myself at the time, but perhaps I didn`t listen to my body enough before. This time, if I need to slow down, I will.
"I know the new season is coming and I desperately want to be a part of it. But I can`t get carried away, I just need to make sure I am ready."
Bodde also added that he feels that he needs to repay the club for sticking with the midfielder, and he believes he can deliver the goods once again in the near future.
"I know I`m not finished yet and I want to be a big part of Swansea`s future,"
"I feel like I need to repay the club as well.
"I don`t want to be earning money without doing anything to help the club. And I know they don`t want to be paying me just to be in the gym, they want me to be playing football.
"It`s not like I am not working hard every day though. It may look like I am doing nothing to some people, but I work every day to try and get fit again.
"If Swansea are patient with me, I believe I can deliver for them again. We just need to make sure we get the recovery right this time."
Date:Monday June 28 2010
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