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Swansea City star Neil Taylor gets psychological help

By GVincent  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

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Swansea City defender Neil Taylor

Swansea City left-back Neil Taylor sought the help of a psychologist after breaking his ankle

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NEIL Taylor has revealed how he turned to a psychologist for help in his bid to recover from an horrific ankle injury.

Taylor returned to the Swansea City squad for last weekend's draw with Southampton after almost eight months on the sidelines.

The defender suffered a triple fracture and dislocated his ankle in a challenge with Sunderland's Craig Gardner back in September.

And during his long fight for fitness, Taylor had sessions with Dr Ian Mitchell, a senior lecturer at Uwic and former Hereford United player.

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"I've spoken with quite a few people within the club and I decided it would be a good idea if I went to see someone (head physio) Kate Rees knew," the 24-year-old told the club website.

"It was all about talking about the injury - how I felt, the thought of going into a 50-50 challenge and the possibility of it happening again. 

"I am mentally strong anyway, and the psychologist told me I didn't need to see him much because he realised every early on how I am as a person.

"But it was worth it. I wanted to do every possible thing to help me return quicker than anticipated, and that was part of it."

Taylor has been getting regular game-time in Swansea's development squad in recent weeks, but he will not be involved when they end their season with a game against Barnet at Stebonheath tomorrow (2pm).

The likes of Rory Donnelly, Dai Cornell and Kenji Gorre will be involved.  

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