Swansea defender Neil Taylor is looking to stay positive despite having been ruled out of the rest of the season after a horrific ankle injury.
The left-back was stretchered off just 20 minutes into the Swans’ 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday after fracturing his ankle in three places.
However, the Welshman has taken heart from watching the Paralympics, and is determined to return and recover from his setback after undergoing surgery earlier in the week.
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“[The Paralympics] is real courage and heart,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’m obviously devastated about the injury, but if those athletes can overcome what they’ve had to face, then who am I to moan?
“I have to show the same determination and do it for myself.
“I’m mentally strong, which helps, and I’ve got the support of my family and a beautiful and healthy wife and daughter. Some other people haven’t got that and I owe it to them to battle my way back.
“In fact I want to come back fitter and stronger. I’ve got a year to work on strengthening other parts of my body and come back like a new signing raring to go.’’
The recovery process will be long for the Wales international, with his ankle requiring complete rest for four weeks and up to 12 weeks before it can expect to take his full weight.
However, he has praised the work of his surgeons who prevented the injury from ending his playing career.
He added: “The surgeon told me that the operation went as well as it could have, but it was a really bad injury with a dislocation and three breaks.
“They put the ankle back together as perfect as possible.
“In a lot of cases they said it would have been a career-threatening injury, but they have given me a great chance of making a full recovery.
“I was lucky that Morriston Hospital’s foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, Paul Williams, was on club duty at the stadium when it happened.
“He put the dislocation back in at the ground and top surgeon, Professor Pallister, was on hand at the hospital to carry out the surgery.
“I couldn’t have been in better hands and I would like to thank them for their care and skill.’’
Taylor has been capped 10 times for Wales, and made five appearances for Great Britain at the Olympic Games.