Pablo Hernandez has lamented that his return to Valencia with Swansea this week does not see him able to play.
The winger, who left Los Che for the Premier League side last year, is back at Mestalla for this Thursday’s opening Europa League group stage match.
However, the 28-year-old, who made over 100 appearances in four years with Valencia, is unavailable for the game through a muscle injury.
“I was happy to return to Valencia, to play at Mestalla and was looking forward to being involved in this game,” Pablo has reflected this week.
“These recent days I have spoken to many people, with friends, but it is not the best possible return because I cannot be on the field. Luck would have it that in playing Valencia I am injured a few days before.
“In principle, Valencia are favourites, but it will not be an easy game for them. They come into the game from a major setback in the League against Betis and they will want to prove that they are a good team. They will be very motivated and will be a very competitive side.
“Swansea? It was a difficult start to the season for us. We have four points in the Premier League, but the team’s play has been good and we have not given a bad image of ourselves.
“We look forward and are very excited because for the first time in history Swansea are playing in European competition and we want everyone to enjoy it.”