Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is eager for the new Premier League season to begin after recovering from surgery.
The 30-year-old played through the pain barrier for the latter part of the 2012-13 campaign, but is back in training after having an operation on a double hernia.
Britton is now looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, with Swansea preparing for their third consecutive season in the English top flight.
"I had the operation three-and-a-half weeks ago in Germany, done by a lady over there who is world renowned," he told WalesOnline.
"It went well and literally six days later I was back on the training ground working on building up the muscles around the area where it’s been repaired.
"I’ve been in training for the last two weeks really and on the training pitch the last three days, running, twisting and turning like we’d normally do. I’m pretty much fully fit."
Britton also spoke of his excitement over the prospect of playing in a south Wales derby in 2013-14, after Cardiff sealed promotion to the Premier League last term.
"We are looking forward to it, we’ve missed it the last couple of years," he added. "We’ve had some brilliant wins and some heart breaking defeats and they are great occasions.
"We all looked at the fixture list, whether it be the players, the fans and even the staff at both clubs.
"With it being in the Premier League it just shows how well Welsh football is going at the minute and it’s great to see we are playing a Welsh derby in the Premier League – they’re great games to be involved in."
The Arsenal academy graduate went on to underline the importance of clashes with Cardiff to every Swansea supporter.
"I’ve already had people telling me, the builders at the training ground saying make sure you tell them foreign boys what this derby’s about, you let them know it’s important," he continued.
"I think they get the idea of what it is about, but it’s down to the boys who have been here for a number of years and have played in the games to let them know how much it means to the players – but to the supporters it means everything.
"When I first came to the club Cardiff were in a higher league, then we got to the Championship and were level pegging; now we’ve been in the Premier League the last two years.
"I think it’s good competition, obviously both teams want to stay in the League. It’s not just about Swansea-Cardiff but there is an extra bit of competition."
|Morata shining as Chelsea´s leading man after Juve, Madrid frustration|
|Guardiola baulks at Chelsea or United fearing in-form Manchester City|
|CAF Champions League Review: Etoile Sahel see off Al Ahli Tripoli to reach semi-finals|
|Brighton winner was a foul, claims frustrated Benitez|
|Spalletti: Unbeaten Inter must go beyond their limits|
|Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Newcastle United 0: Hemed the hero in second home win|
|Better late than never - Matuidi delighted with start to life at Juventus|
|Inter 1 Genoa 0: Late D´Ambrosio header snatches victory for Spalletti´s side|
|Delph a willing deputy for injured City left-back Mendy|
|Howedes ruled out for four weeks|
|Milan lacked determination and quality in Samp defeat - Montella|
|Sheffield Wednesday 2 Sheffield United 4: Clarke at the double in derby win|
|Uruguayan Primera Division fixtures cancelled amid referee strike|
|Mendy hoping to follow successful City season with World Cup triumph|
|Sampdoria 2 AC Milan 0: Duvan Zapata claims family bragging rights|
|Dybala backs dropped Higuain to rediscover clinical touch|
|21st century boy - Lyon youngster Geubbels makes Ligue 1 history|
|Napoli fear more knee surgery for Milik|
|Spalletti promises reaction from smarting Inter|
|Montella backs ´fired up´ AC Milan to ´raise the bar´|
|Meunier: PSG don´t have Neymar dependency|
|Pogba could have surgery on hamstring injury – surgeon|
|MLS Review: Shield-chasing Toronto beaten again, Union extinguish Fire|
|Allegri: Higuain needs to rediscover form after Juve axing|
|Juventus great Nedved comes out of retirement|
|I´ll be back! Schwarzenegger visits Barcelona|
|Are you on loan from Man City? Messi quizzes Girona´s Maffeo|
|CAF Champions League Review: Holders Sundowns out on penalties|
|Alba lauds Valverde´s impact at in-form Barcelona|
|Pjanic: Things will only get better for Juventus|
|Bosz points to collective effort despite Aubameyang & Philipp heroics|
|Juventus and Napoli make record-breaking Serie A start|
|Atletico have improved despite transfer ban, says Simeone|
|Championship Review: Pacesetters Leeds, Cardiff & Wolves battle to wins|
|Klopp: We are not the Harlem Globetrotters|
|Juventus 4 Torino 0: Dybala stars again in rampant derby victory|
|Girona 0 Barcelona 3: Centurion Suarez seals Catalan derby triumph|
|He´s been brilliant – Henderson delighted with Coutinho contribution|
|Klopp sees flawed performance at Leicester as typical of Liverpool|
|Benteke knee injury piles more woe on Palace|
|Emery angry at failure to give PSG ´very clear´ penalty|
|Llorente agrees new four-year Real Madrid deal|
|Ronaldo relaxed despite goalscoring woes, says Zidane|
|Dyche demands rule change after Van La Parra dive|
|Borussia Dortmund 6 Borussia Monchengladbach 1: Aubameyang hat-trick inspires Dortmund rout|
|Sane´s simple stuff delights Guardiola after poor pre-season|
|Leicester City 2 Liverpool 3: Classy Coutinho helps to halt Reds slump|
|Manchester United to take action after Lukaku chants resurface|
|Clement shoulders blame as Swansea´s home woes continue|
|18 shots, zero goals - why Cristiano Ronaldo is LaLiga´s most frustrated player|
|Like Barca without Messi or Madrid without Ronaldo – Verratti insists Neymar-less PSG are still grea|
|Chelsea star Morata must continue scintillating form – Conte|
|Mourinho hails ´amazing´ Manchester United fans despite reprisal of Lukaku song|
|Caixinha stands by ´loud and clear´ Old Firm row with Brown|
|Relieved Koeman hails ´incredible´ Niasse|
|The boys were not sharp – Mourinho concedes United had to go defensive at Southampton|
|Montpellier 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: 100 per cent record ends in Neymar´s absence|
|Five-star Manchester City on best top-flight goal run since 1950s|
|Swansea 1 Watford 2: Late Richarlison strike secures victory for Silva´s side|
|Deportivo Alaves 1 Real Madrid 2: Ceballos off the mark as champions bounce back|
|Burnley 0 Huddersfield Town 0: Spoils shared after uninspired arm-wrestle|
|Everton 2 Bournemouth 1: Niasse double relieves pressure on Koeman|
|Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0: Guardiola´s men sink strugglers to go top|
|Southampton 0 Manchester United 1: Lukaku strikes again in unconvincing victory|
|Stoke City 0 Chelsea 4: Magic Morata hits hat-trick|
|Kane one of the best, Bilic says|
|Manchester United fans sing Lukaku chant in defiance of warnings|
|I am in love with him! - Pochettino praises derby hero Kane|
|Two-goal Kane surpasses 19 Premier League teams for shots against the woodwork|
|West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Kane at the double to play derby hero again|
|Pulis regrets comments on Livermore´s West Brom absence|
|Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Rogic and Griffiths maintain Old Firm dominance|
|Atletico Madrid 2 Sevilla 0: Carrasco, Griezmann send Simeone´s side second|
|Ulreich shoulders blame as Bayern colleagues rally around stand-in keeper|
|Go **** yourselves - Wright blasts Arsenal fans after Oxlade-Chamberlain backlash|
|Falcao revels in career-best streak|
|De Bruyne, a drug test and a lot of questions - Mendy reveals origin of Man City move|
|Benevento blame captain Lucioni´s failed doping test on cream|
|Ibrahimovic stamp was an accident – Mings|
|Carroll must stay fit to earn new West Ham deal, says Bilic|
|Mourinho: Every Man United forward deserves to start|
|Salah better than expected at Liverpool – Klopp|
|Wenger: Something will happen to regulate transfer fees|
|Mourinho warns Shaw to work hard to regain Manchester United place|
|Ancelotti slams ´slow´ Bayern after Wolfsburg fightback|