Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has moved a step closer to a return to Premier League action after resuming full training.
Vorm has been out since tearing his groin trying to save a Carlos Tevez shot in the Swans' 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on October 27.
The 29-year-old has missed the Welsh side's last six Premier League encounters, with Gerhard Tremmel deputising, but is now in line for a return to first-team action and expressed his joy at being back amongst his team-mates.
"It’s great to be back. I’m very happy to be out there with the boys on the training field," he told the club’s official website.
"I’ve done a lot of gym work and strengthening my groin with Richard [Buchanan] and Kate [Rees] from the physio team, and I feel very good.
"I don’t feel any pain, but I know I am not quite 100 per cent yet, which is to be expected as I only got into full training today.
"But I think the main thing for me is to make sure I am absolutely ready before I am in contention to play. That is something I have learned in my career.
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Second-choice goalkeeper Tremmel is yet to be on the losing side in Vorm’s absence – winning four and drawing three of his seven starts in all competitions - with Michael Laudrup's men rising to seventh in the Premier League table.
And the Dutch international, who agreed a new four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium in September, was full of praise for the German’s performances.
He continued: "Gerhard has come in and he has done very well. He has worked so hard in training to ensure he is ready for any opportunity, and I think everyone has seen his quality and experience really shine through.
"It’s great for me because I know Gerhard is doing a great job, and that means I’m not rushing myself to get back to 100 per cent.
"It can be so difficult for a goalkeeper to come into certain situations because it’s a very special position and different to the others, but Gerhard has come in and done so, so well."