Swansea City winger Aldo Kalulu has opened up about his lengthy spell on the sidelines, having not featured in three-and-a-half months for the club.
The Frenchman signed on a season-long loan in the summer from Swiss side Basel.
Kalulu, 23, started his career with Lyon in his native France and had spells with Rennes and Sochaux before moving to Basel in 2018. He played 17 times in the Swiss top-tier last year, but has only made two appearances for Swansea.
He picked up an ankle injury in Swansea’s 3-2 win over Preston in mid-August and hasn’t featured for the first-team since.
The Frenchman is making progress for the Swansea U23 side though – he played his first game in over three months in their 1-1 with Fulham U23’s, and played nearly the full ninety in their 1-0 loss to Colchester United’s U23 side at the weekend.
Speaking to Swansea’s official club website about his return from injury, Kalulu said:
“It’s great for me to be back after such a long time on the sidelines.
“I was unlucky to get injured so soon after joining the club; it’s been hard, and I’ve had to be patient. It’s been tough to watch my team-mates every week and not be able to help. But I had to accept the situation and try to be positive.
“Now I’m back, I’m hungry and ready to get back involved with the first team. I think I’m ready to come in and contribute and, hopefully, some goals and assists will follow.”
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Kalulu has watched on as Swansea have had a mixed season under Steve Cooper. They started the season so well but have completely fallen from grace and the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Friday night has thrown them out of the top-six.
Having Kalulu back will undoubtedly strengthen Swansea’s attacking options. His pace can cause any defence problems and that’s what Swansea have lacked in recent weeks, someone to disrupt opponents and defend from the top.
Cooper will surely be glad to have him back and the Frenchman might have a point to prove having missed so many games already.