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."
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