Michael Laudrup plays rugby for Swansea

Laudrup unveils bizarre new training method ahead of Swansea's visit to Arsenal



16:54 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Wales rugby team use frozen cryotherapy chambers, Andy Murray does chin ups with weights strapped around his waist and the All Blacks do sprint work while standing on medicine balls – but this technique is new on all of us.

It seems Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been preparing to face Arsene Wenger's Arsenal team by getting his side to play football with a rugby ball.

The former Barcelona man was known for his skills when he won four consecutive La Liga titles but he never showed he could do this.

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup

Taking the Michael: The Swansea manager messes around with a rugby ball on Friday and coach Kristian O'Leary (below) gets in on the action, too

Kristian O'Leary

Swansea head to north London boosted by a superb display in the 3-1 win over West Brom in midweek but Pablo Hernandez, one of the architects of that victory, will not face the Gunners because of a thigh injury.

And Laudrup is unsure whether the Spain winger will be back in time to face Norwich a week on Saturday.

He said: 'We don't know yet how bad it is, it is a small muscle injury but for Saturday it will be impossible.

'If he could play against Norwich that would be a good sign. It depends on how it heals.

'If we are lucky he could be back against Norwich, if it is a bit more serious it could be maybe two or three weeks.

'These muscle injuries happen the longer you go with a lot of games, it is part of the game you have to accept and that's why you have a squad so you can use them. From Christmas through New Year, especially if we get through in the cups, we will have a lot of games.'

Mark Clattenburg will be in charge of tomorrow's fixture, having returned to action at Southampton in midweek after being cleared of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

And Laudrup is pleased to see the official back in action. He said: 'It is good to see this case is finally closed and he is back. He is a good referee and we have to try to help him by playing fair.

'If we think he makes a mistake the players can tell him, that's no problem, but it is good it is over.

'These cases have to be solved quickly so no-one can speculate as the more time it takes, the more speculation there is. But it is over, he is back and he will want to forget what happened, learn from it and get on with his life and his refereeing.'

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