PABLO Hernandez is looking forward to playing some part when Swansea City take on his former club Valencia in the Europa League.
The Spanish winger has been missing for most of the season after suffering an unfortunate run of injuries.
Hernandez sustained a groin problem early in the campaign but returned in time for Swansea’s Premier League opener against Manchester United.
He went on to play four further matches before being sidelined with a thigh complaint.
After nearly two months out, the 28-year-old returned against West Ham in late October only to suffer a similar problem in the other leg.
That left the £5.55 million signing cursing his luck.
But Hernandez could return for the Europa League match and his relishing the prospect of coming up against the club he left for South Wales in August 2012.
“It’s possible I will play,” he said.
“I’ve been training this week with the team and I want to play this game. It’s a special game for me.
“The last three months for me have been very hard because I started the season with one injury. I recovered and then after two or three games, after the first international break, I was injured again in training.
“I recovered from this injury and then against West Ham I got another one.
“It’s hard for my head, but my family and friends supported me. They helped me to always think positively and I hope now I won’t have any more injuries this season.”
Valencia are already through to the Europa League knockout stages and Swansea hope to join them.
They began their Group A campaign with a memorable 3-0 win at the Mestalla, but Hernandez believes this match will be a more testing affair.
“It’s a difficult game and for us it’s very important because it’s against a big game in Europe,” he added.
“It’s special for me in particular because it’s against my former club.
“Valencia have played the last three years in the Champions League so for the fans it’s an important game.”