Bodde refutes reports

Dutchman insists he is close to return

Bodde: Insists he is closing on return

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Ferrie Bodde has insisted that he has not suffered a serious setback after undergoing further knee surgery.

The 29-year-old has not played a first-team game for Swansea City since February 2010.

Some reports claimed that further surgery which Bodde requested himself was a setback for the Dutchman and that he was left fearing for his career.

But he has issued a statement through his agents Fair Deal - to insist that the procedure he has just undergone was only a minor problem and he was looking forward to soon being available for Premier League action.

"I don't know where these reports have come from, but they aren't correct," said Bodde.

"I am working hard with my rehabilitation and am trying to do everything to play this season for Swansea City in the Premier League.

"It's going very good with my knee and I am feeling strong at the moment.

"We have worked with a team of medical specialist from England and The Netherlands on a rehabilitation program which we will undergo closely.

"In the pre-season I underwent exercises along with the group successfully, so now and then I had the feeling I sank down my knee without feeling any pain but I didn't trust it.

"After extensive consultation with medical specialists I decided to do a minor surgery on my meniscus. My regular orthopaedic surgeon doctor did it for me. He knows the knee the best as he performed previous operations. There is a small piece of meniscus removed. Now I'm back home and feel fine."

Return

Bodde insists he is looking forward to returning to action shortly.

"I am not only me but the full team of medical specialists are positive about the future," he said.

"You have to see this surgery as part of my revalidation process.

"I am constantly in touch with manager Brendan Rodgers and chairman Huw Jenkens. They fully support me and are always ready to help me.

"I will do everything to make my debut for Swansea City in the Premier League. I can't wait for that moment and it's fantastic to see we are doing so well.

"I want to thank Rodgers, Jenkins, the Swansea fans and all people who support me in this difficult period by showing my qualities on the pitch as soon as possible and that will happen, believe me!"