Bodde delighted by Swansea return

16 September 2009 06:42
Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde's first-team return was the highlight of their Severnside derby stalemate with Bristol City at The Liberty Stadium. Bodde, wanted by a host of Premier League clubs, was delighted with his first senior game for 10 months after returning from a serious knee injury. The Dutchman will "wait and see how my knee looks" as he hopes for his first start since November against Barnsley. "But I'm really pleased at how it feels straight after the game," said Bodde. Bodde, one of Swansea's key players, damaged a cruciate knee ligament in Swansea's 3-2 defeat to Birmingham City last November. The 27-year-old missed the remainder of Swansea's hugely impressive first season in the Championship but top-flight clubs Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers still made multi-million pound offers for him this summer. Swansea rejected all of the bids as Bodde is even more crucial to the Swans in the wake of the departures of top-scorer Jason Scotland and star playmaker Jordi Gomez to Wigan as they joined up with former manager Roberto Martinez. And Bodde is relieved to be back in first-team action as he replaced Andrea Orlandi in the 69th minute of Tuesday's goalless draw to a rapturous reception from the home fans. "I'm really, really happy to be back," Bodde told BBC Sport. "I wasn't nervous beforehand but very excited as I have been waiting a long time for that. It was especially pleasing to come on in a home game - it was nice of the manager to do that. "I'm thankful for the crowd. The comeback went well and I tried to do my thing but sadly no goals." Bodde had played in a reserve game against Swindon Town at Neath last week but this was his first competitive fixture since 21 November last year. Now he will await to see how his knee reacts before passing himself fit for Saturday's Championship trip to Barnsley. Swansea's goalless draw with Bristol City means Paulo Sousa's men are still without a Championship win at home this season but Bodde insists their performance against Bristol City is positive. "We dominated the game from the first minute," he said. "And if we keep playing like that and give that attitude every game the points will come. It is coming, it is coming. "We have more guts now, we have more trust in ourselves, the atmosphere is good in the team and the crowd was standing behind us all game so that's good for us. "And if that can happen every game, we should be proud of ourselves." Wales international Joe Allen's return was also a huge boost to Swansea's midfield which is nearing full strength as only Darren Pratley is missing as he recovers from a shoulder operation. Allen played 78 minutes in his first game for five weeks as the 19-year-old has been out with a hamstring injury picked up in the opening-day defeat at Leicester. And Allen's impact was hailed by Bodde. "He put in a really fantastic game," he said. "It was nice to see him back on the pitch and it also gave us a little bit of a boost going forward."

Source: BBC_Sport