Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton is to have surgery on a double hernia after playing with pain in the closing months of the season.
The 30-year-old made 41 appearances for Michael Laudrup’s side as they finished ninth in the Premier League and collected the first piece of major silverware in the club’s history, winning the League Cup.
However, now the season has finished he has confirmed that he will be travelling to Germany to have an operation after struggling through the last eight games of the campaign.
“For the last two months of the season my groin has felt quite tight, but I wanted to play through the pain and finish the season,” he said.
“I missed parts of training in that time but it was necessary to ensure I was available for the games, although I did struggle a little bit in the last four to six weeks.
“I’ve had one hernia since December and a scan around four weeks or so ago showed I had another one.
“So I will be flying out to Germany on June 2 and I’ll have the operation two days later before flying back on the sixth.
“I’ve had a hernia operation before, around 2005, so I know the procedure.”
“It means I will come in during the summer to do some rehab which will make sure I’m ready for pre-season training,” he added.
“Next season will be huge for us as we will be involved in four competitions, so I want to make sure I’m fit and ready when we report back for pre-season.”