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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup confirms bids for Sunderland and Norwich target Danny Graham

Swansea boss Laudrup confirms bids for Sunderland and Norwich target Graham

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Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:35 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 18 January 2013

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup
confirmed the club has received offers for striker Danny Graham but was
coy over his pursuit of Stoke's Kenwyne Jones.

Graham has been consistently linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium in January.

The 27-year-old has scored four goals in
his last five appearances but the outstanding form of Michu has limited
his first-team opportunities and left the former Watford centre forward
frustrated.

On his way Graham is the subject of bids by Norwich and Sunderland

On his way Graham is the subject of bids by Norwich and Sunderland

Sunderland and Norwich are understood to have made offers of more than 4million for Graham.

The Dane said: 'Everywhere it is saying there have been some official bids, it is true, but apart from that I don't really have any comment as in the next four days we have two very important games.

'Tomorrow is a very important home game against Stoke in the league as after that we have two difficult away games against Sunderland and West Ham, and we all know about the game on Wednesday (against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup), so that is much more important.

'So my only comment is we have had some bids and I don't want to go into detail about what clubs they are.'

With Graham seemingly set to leave, Swansea are interested in bringing in Jones from the Potters, and the Trinidadian is likely to start against the Swans at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Reports suggest Swansea are set to return with an improved offer after having an initial 3m bid rejected but Laudrup would not be drawn on the topic.

Coy: Swansea City's manager Michael Laudrup

Coy: Swansea City's manager Michael Laudrup

He said: 'He (Jones) will probably play, maybe if he can play with us it can be 12 v 10 but I don't think that will happen.

'Let's just say it is not the proper time to talk about a player when he is playing against us in around 24 hours time.

'Let's hope tomorrow he does not have too good a day as it is better for us.'

Laudrup will be without midfielder Kemy Agustien against the Potters after the Dutchman damaged ankle ligaments in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Arsenal.

A big miss: Kemy Agustien (right) will be out for around five games

A big miss: Kemy Agustien (right) will be out for around five games

The Dutchman, 26, suffered the injury during the first half at the Emirates Stadium and tried to play on before being withdrawn.

The problem is set to keep the 26-year-old out of Swansea's next five games, including the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Laudrup said: 'We had bad news after losing the other day, we have lost Kemy Agustien for, I think, the next four weeks with his ankle.

'He twisted it in the first half, he tried to start the second half and there was some problem with the ligaments.

'It could have been a lot worse, but still four weeks means he will be out for at least our next five games, four in the league and the game on Wednesday (against Chelsea) as well.'

Final flourish: This goal by Graham gave Swansea a 2-0 Capital One Cup semi-final lead and put them on the brink of their first major cup final appearance

Final flourish: This goal by Graham gave Swansea a 2-0 Capital One Cup semi-final lead and put them on the brink of their first major cup final appearance

Wednesday's meeting with Chelsea, which Swansea enter with a 2-0 lead from the first leg, is one of the biggest in the club's history as they seek a first appearance at a major Wembley final in their centenary season.

But Laudrup knows he and his squad cannot afford to look beyond this weekend's league action.

He said: 'No (I will not be resting players for the semi-final). The game tomorrow is very important, it is a league game, it is a home game, so I am only thinking about Stoke.

'It really doesn't matter because whoever plays on Wednesday, even if they play against Stoke, even if they are tired, they will not feel it on Wednesday, I am sure.'

Wayne Rooney says Sir Alex Ferguson was right to substitute him against Swansea

I'll bounce back from Swans flop! Rooney vows to show his true colours against Toon

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

For Wayne Rooney, recent Christmas and New Year experiences have not been good.

Last season, for example, the Manchester United centre forward was a substitute as his team beat Wigan 5-0 on Boxing Day before being dropped completely for the following home defeat to Blackburn after spending too long – in his manager's opinion at least – out on the town with team mate Darron Gibson.

Twelve months on and Rooney has found himself having to apologise again. Not for any social misdemeanours this time, merely a performance at Swansea on Sunday that Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer labelled his worst for years.

Bad day at the office: Wayne Rooney admits he was not at his best against Swansea

Bad day at the office: Wayne Rooney admits he was not at his best against Swansea

That may be exaggerating things a little but Rooney still heads in to today's game with Newcastle at Old Trafford feeling that he has a little making up to do.

'I could feel it on the pitch that things weren't right at Swansea,' said Rooney.

'Some days you have an off day I could feel that and I couldn't complain at being substituted.

'But the good thing I think about football, and especially over the Christmas period, is that you have lots of games and the Swansea game has gone for me and it is certainly not one I will remember.

'I will relish the next one, though.

'The position we are in at the minute, it is a great opportunity to make that gap even bigger between us and Manchester City at the top of the league.

'Obviously against Swansea we couldn't do it but, as I say, hopefully we will get six points from the next two games and see what happens.'

Rooney's season has been one of sporadic performances so for. Having returned from his summer break slightly overweight, the England international then picked up a nasty injury to his thigh in early win over Fulham.

In a recent Sportsmail interview, United ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton suggested that there was improvement yet to come from Rooney's relationship with Robin van Persie and certainly in South Wales on Sunday they two have them seemed to be speaking a different language.

Right decision: Rooney had no complaints about being substituted against Swansea

Right decision: Rooney had no complaints about being substituted against Swansea

The worry form Wednesday's opponents Newcastle is that a Christmas home game against struggling opposition presents a perfect opportunity for things to come together. After all, Rooney rarely plays poorly for two games running.

'We are four points clear in the Premier League and of course we are happy with that,' he said.

'We are still in a good position with two home games coming up now.

'We need to make sure we take maximum points from them.

'We know it's early days and there is a long way to go but we are in a healthy position at the moment.

'And so we need to try and keep on.'

Finding his form: Rooney is aiming to be back to his best against Newcastle

Finding his form: Rooney is aiming to be back to his best against Newcastle

Newcastle contributed to a difficult festive period for United last season by beating them 3-0 at St James' Park. Today, however, they arrive in poor shape with Alan Pardew fretting over a run of two wins in twelve games in all competitions and worrying also about the future of star striker Demba Ba.

As far as United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is concerned, the root cause of Newcastle's problems is not difficult to locate.

Ferguson said: 'The new players they brought in last season caught us all by surprise.

'We didn't really know a lot about them.

'I knew about Ba, of course, but I didn't know anything about Cabaye or Cisse to be honest with you.

'They had fantastic seasons.

'Second time round, clubs are starting to analyse them a bit different, plus, more importantly, he's had some injuries.

Caught out: Newcastle beat Manchester United last season

Caught out: Newcastle beat Manchester United last season

'Cabaye's out till next year, Tiote is out to next year, he's had one or two important players injured, and that does make a difference when you've not got a squad as strong as the likes of ourselves or City or Chelsea.

'I'm not entirely surprised, although I am surprised they are so low down the table.'

Ferguson is sure to make some changes for today's game and it is expected that captain Nemanja Vidic will step down again after a difficult first start since September at the weekend.

Rooney, however, is expecting the club captain to make a significant difference to United's uncertain defending over the coming weeks and months.

'It was good to see him get 90 minutes at Swansea,' added Rooney.

'He has been out for a while and he has been working hard in the gym and at the training ground.

'He has done well to come back and he will be a massive player for us between now and the end of the season.

'He is a great defender and great to have in the team and a great leader.

'We have a few players in the team who can lead from the back or the front and he is our captain and does that.'

Arsenal 0 Swansea City 2 match report

Arsenal 0 Swansea 2: Michu's late double piles more misery on Wenger on day of protest at The Emirates

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17:15 GMT, 1 December 2012

Swansea condemned Arsenal to a 2-0 home Barclays Premier League defeat as Michu fired in two late goals at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had been second best for long spells, and despite an improved performance after the break, the Swans earned reward for their persistence when Spain forward Michu grabbed a late brace.

Jeers greeted the final whistle at Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger's side dropped more points and fell further behind in the battle to break back into the top four.

Gunners fans backing the 'Black Scarf Movement' had demonstrated around the ground before kick-off, complaining at the perceived commercialisation of the club following their move to the Emirates Stadium.

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

On the pitch, Wenger opted to deploy
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the central striker role ahead of Theo
Walcott, who had netted an early goal in the midweek 1-1 draw at
Everton.

However, it was Swansea who were the
first to press, with a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area
eventually being hacked away by Per Mertesacker.

In the 14th minute Arsenal goalkeeper
Wojciech Szczesny made a fine double save after Angel Rangel had been
played in on the overlap down the right and fired in a low, angled drive
with his follow-up effort also blocked by the agile Pole.

Arsenal failed to get any sort of
rhythm together in the first 20 minutes, far too careless in possession
and lacking ideas in the final third.

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Match facts

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere (Rosicky 78), Walcott, Gervinho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 66), Podolski (Giroud 67)

Subs not used: Mannone, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin

Bookings: Vermaelen

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman (Tiendalli 73), Schechter (Moore 67), Michu

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly

Goals: Michu 87, 90

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 60,098

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Carl Jenkinson, in for injured
right-back Bacary Sagna, whipped a cross through the six-yard box, but
Gervinho could not make contact.

The hosts finally got some momentum,
with Santi Cazorla headed at Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel after
another good cross from Jenkinson.

Nathan Dyer suddenly burst clear
through on goal from a flick by Miguel Michu, but Arsenal captain Thomas
Vermaelen made up the ground to produce a brilliant sliding block just
as the Swansea forward shaped to shoot.

Eight minutes before the break Michu
was bundled over by Mikel Arteta at the edge of the Arsenal penalty
area. Jonathan de Guzman whipped his free-kick up over the wall, but
also the crossbar.

Arsenal offered little in way of
attacking threat, and when Podolski did send over a good cross from the
left, Gervinho failed to make a clean connection as the ball bounced
away to the corner flag – which just about summed up the first half for
the hosts.

Arsenal emerged with much more vigour for the restart.

Cazorla shot straight at the goalkeeper following good work by Jack Wilshere.

Gervinho's run to the edge of the Swansea box was halted by Chico, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea over the way they perceive the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

There was still threat on the
counter-attack from Swansea, though, as Rangel got clear again down the
right, with Szczesny making another important block at the near post.

With 24 minutes to go, Wenger made a double change as Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Podolski and Gervinho.

French striker Giroud was put clean
through straight away, but was caught by a desperate lunge from Chico –
with referee Clattenburg indicating he felt the Swansea defender got the
slightest of touches, much to the disbelief of Wenger.

With 11 minutes left, Wilshere was
replaced by Tomas Rosicky as the injury-plagued Czech midfielder made
his first appearance since May.

Swansea created another good opening
when substitute Dwight Tiendalli cut into the right side of the Arsenal
box, but again Szczesny produced a smart block.

With five minutes left, Vermaelen's flying header just lacked the pace to beat Tremmel.

Swansea, though, took the lead when
Michu broke clear after a neat one-two with substitute Luke Moore to
slot past Szczesny and leave more questions for Wenger to answer about
the character of his side.

It got worst for the Gunners in
stoppage time when Michu again latched onto a long clearance, racing
through to beat the keeper again.

Brendan Rodgers not expecting Liverpool to spend big in January transfer window

Rodgers rules out January splurge as he admits Liverpool's frivolous past has cost club dear

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06:52 GMT, 26 November 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect to make any major investment in his squad in January as the club continue to count the cost of previous regimes.

Rodgers watched his side secure a goalless draw on his return to former club Swansea on Sunday, where they lacked the cutting edge to claim the three points despite having several presentable chances.

Jose Enrique had a goal ruled out on a marginal offside decision, which Rodgers disagreed with, while Raheem Sterling struck the bar and Luis Suarez twice tested Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal.

Demands: Brendan Rodgers won't have big money to spend in January

Demands: Brendan Rodgers won't have big money to spend in January

The result leaves Liverpool 11th in the Barclays Premier League, a point and two places below the Swans, but their performance suggested progress is being made in the adaptation to their manager’s passing principles.

The Reds are only five points adrift of Merseyside rivals Everton in fifth, but Rodgers does not expect January to help bring about a huge leap up the table and admits he does not yet consider the current squad to be his own.

He said: 'It will evolve. The guys are working very well, they have been fantastic, but we all know you need to get in your own types of players before you can say it is your own side.

'When I came to Swansea in my first season there were 12 players that were used and six moved on. In the second year seven came in over the course of the season and there were nine who went the other way.

'Until you get that turnover of players you can only look at it then as your team. But we will work with the players we have.

He added: 'I am not so sure it will be in January to be honest. This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where it was at.

Splurge: Kenny Dalglish's doomed regime cost the club a lot financially

Splurge: Kenny Dalglish's doomed regime cost the club a lot financially

'There was a big investment in the club and obviously a lot of players went out in the summer and a few came in.

'We will look to do some business in January to help and support the players here, but that is where we are at as a football club and it is something the owners trust me to grow over time. Eventually we will get there.'

Brendan Rodgers: Swansea fans will respect Joe Allen

Swansea fans will respect returning Allen, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

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07:06 GMT, 31 October 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Swansea fans have no reason to begrudge midfielder Joe Allen his move to Anfield.

The 22-year-old followed the former Swans boss to Merseyside in the summer after the Northern Irishman replaced Kenny Dalglish in June.

Having come through the south Wales club's youth system fans felt they had lost one of their own.

Saint or Sinner Allen makes his first return to South Wales in the League Cup

Saint or Sinner Allen makes his first return to South Wales in the League Cup

However, Rodgers believed his former side, visitors to Anfield in the Capital One Cup tonight, did pretty well out of the Carmarthen-born Wales international.

'I think he'll get a very good reception,' said the Reds boss of the expected visiting supporters' reaction.

'He's a kid that has come through the system there, he gave everything to the club in his time.

'He progressed into the first team, then left. Okay, the supporters are probably disappointed that he went but he has actually given them 15million plus a lot more in all his time there.

'I think the supporters will respect that. He's a wonderful talent and he was brilliant in my time there, the two years. I think they will react accordingly.'

Allen may yet be denied the chance to face his former side as Rodgers will rotate his starting line-up after a busy 10 days.

That gives chances to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing – who have been restricted to bit-part roles this season – and others.

'Of course everyone wants to play in the Barclays Premier League team but Jordan's a wonderful talent and he's got a great future here,' said Rodgers.

'He might not be playing as much as he has done but his appetite, application and willingness to learn and improve has really been fantastic.

Defending champions: Rodgers has no intention of letting the cup slip away easily

Defending champions: Rodgers has no intention of letting the cup slip away easily

'So him and the other guys that are on the outside, of course they're not happy that they're not playing but their attitude and desire to work hard has been incredible.

'We're fighting on a lot of fronts at the moment. We're making progress going up the mountain, as they say.

'We're in a competition that the club won last year. For us it's an opportunity.

'The players as a group are very tight and the spirit is very strong, and this gives us an opportunity to ensure that those players can maintain their motivation by playing in important games for us.

'We have the (League Cup) trophy here and we don't want to give it up easy.'

Meanwhile, Garry Monk hopes Swansea fans will remember Rodgers' contribution to the club tonight.

Monk was Swansea club captain for Rodgers' two seasons at the helm, and he hopes the fans will remember the service the Northern Irishman did in getting them over the final hurdle into the Barclays Premier League.

Leap of faith: Rodgers guided the Swans in to the Premeir League

Leap of faith: Rodgers guided the Swans in to the Premeir League

The defender said: 'When you look at it, it is the hardest hurdle to make it from the Championship to the Premier League, and then to sustain it.

'We managed to sustain it convincingly during the first season and that has given us the platform to push on into the second season.

'It is important the fans remember that but we are there to win a game, all that matters is what we do as Swansea City.

'I think if a few want to show their views that is up to them but the main thing I would say to the fans is back the team from start to finish, whatever you do before or after game is entirely up to them, but during that 90 minutes just focus on the boys on the field as that is all that matters.'

Michel Vorm signs four-year Swansea contract

Swansea No 1 Vorm signs new deal to remain at the Liberty Stadium until 2016

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12:32 GMT, 27 September 2012

New deal: Vorm

New deal: Vorm

Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm has signed a new four-year deal to remain with the club until 2016.

The Swans announced the news on their official website on Thursday, confirming that the 28-year-old Holland international had committed his long-term future to them.

Vorm joined Swansea from Utrecht last summer on the eve of their debut season in the Barclays Premier League, and enjoyed a stellar campaign, sweeping the board at the club's player of the year awards.

Speculation had linked him with a move away from the Liberty Stadium as a result, especially in light of the man who signed him, Brendan Rodgers, leaving for Liverpool, but that talk has now been quashed.

'I'm delighted. I'm enjoying my time here very much and it is one of the reasons why I've signed an extension,' Vorm told his club's official website.

'I can also only see things at Swansea getting better and better. I can see a lot of positive things happening here and I believe the club has a bright future ahead of it.

'The club has signed a lot of its quality players for longer periods, which is a good thing.'

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool"s West Bromwich win shows improvement

Spot the difference Rodgers says first win shows Liverpool have transformed

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09:13 GMT, 27 September 2012

Manager Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will not easily loosen their grip on the Capital One Cup as he looks forward to a home fourth-round meeting with his former club Swansea.

Rodgers decided to change the entire team for the tie at West Brom but two goals from on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin ensured their first win in domestic football this season.

It was in stark contrast to the 3-0 defeat suffered by the Reds against the Baggies in the opening Barclays Premier League encounter of the campaign.

Voila: Nuri Sahin gave a sign of what might be to come

Voila: Nuri Sahin gave a sign of what might be to come

Rodgers said: 'It was a symbolic night because it shows how far we are moving as a group from our first day of this season.

'Then, we were a bit disjointed and players were not quite understanding my methods.

'But in the last three or four weeks our tempo and relentless possession has started to come through in games.'

Rodgers, who left the Swans for Anfield this summer, said: 'The Swansea game will be a special occasion, very much so.

'It is a wonderful club, a brilliant club, and I was in no rush to leave there.

'I could only leave there to go to another special club. It will be a great night.

'I said to the players afterwards that the cup is stored at Anfield and I don't want to give it up too easy.

'I want us to fight even though it is difficult because of our lack of depth in the group. It is a competition we want to do well in.'

Rodgers in confident the best is still to come from Sahin who was also an Arsenal target before moving to Anfield.

Much better: Brendan Rodgers (right) was pleased with the performance

Much better: Brendan Rodgers (right) was pleased with the performance

He said: 'Nuri is still getting up to speed. It has been difficult for him.

'He was out for a long time and has come here having missed a big part of pre-season.

'But every day he is getting better. He has got great football arrogance, is terrific on the ball.'

Baggies boss Steve Clarke, a former number two at Liverpool, believes the rare mistake by keeper Ben Foster for Sahin's opening goal was crucial after Gabriel Tamas had broken the deadlock.

He said: 'We said we'd have a go, we certainly started that way. I think their first goal knocked the stuffing out of us a bit.

At the double: Sahin pockets his second goal

At the double: Sahin pockets his second goal

'I don't know why, maybe because it was such a soft goal to lose, but it knocked us back a bit in the first half.

'It is unusual for Ben. I don't think it's even worth having an in-depth discussion about it. It is not like Ben, it doesn't happen very often and we move on.'

Clarke admitted left-back Liam Ridgewell is a doubt for Sunday's derby at Aston Villa after limping out of action during the first half with a calf injury.

Michel Vorm to sign new Swansea City contract

Vorm again: Swansea set to tie down Dutch keeper to new four-year deal

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08:48 GMT, 20 September 2012

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

New deal: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm

Holland international goalkeeper Michel Vorm is set to end speculation over his future by committing to a new four-year contract at Swansea.

Vorm, 28, was voted the club's player of the year in May after his first season in the south Wales and has been attracting interest from Liverpool – who are managed by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.

But, according to Wales Online, Vorm will sign a new deal in the coming days after chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed that talks with the player had progressed well.

Vorm, a 1.5million signing from Utrecht last summer, currently has a contract running until 2014.

Swansea are also hoping to commit Welsh international defenders Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor to new deals in the near future.

Kyle Bartley out for three months

Laudrup dealt another injury blow as Bartley faces three months on sidelines for Swans

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17:59 GMT, 11 September 2012

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Swansea defender Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after suffering a thigh injury in training.

The 21-year-old's absence is a major issue for manager Michael Laudrup, who is already without two of his centre backs for Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

Out already! Kyle Bartley (left) has been ruled out with a thigh injury

Out already! Kyle Bartley (left) has been ruled out with a thigh injury

Chico will be serving the first of a
three-game ban for his red card against Sunderland on September 1, while
Garry Monk is struggling for fitness.

It is likely that veteran Alan Tate will be drafted in to deputise alongside Ashley Williams.

Manager Michael Laudrup has already been forced to draft in Dwight Tiendalli after left-back Neil Taylor sustained a nasty ankle injury during the Swans' match against Sunderland.

The injury crisis at the back provides Laudrup with a selection headache for his high-flying Swans ahead of their meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday.

Bartley, meanwhile, will have to wait a little longer for his Premier League debut for the club, as he has only played in the Swans' 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnsley last month.

Swansea"s Neil Taylor ruled out for rest of the season

Swansea's Taylor out for season after fracturing ankle in Sunderland draw

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14:37 GMT, 2 September 2012

Swansea defender Neil Taylor will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

The 23-year-old full-back suffered the injury in the 20th minute of Saturday's draw with Sunderland, and was immediately taken to hospital.

The Wales international has since had surgery and it has been confirmed that he has broken and dislocated his ankle in three places.

Out: Neil Taylor needed oxygen after colliding with Craig Gardner on Saturday

Out: Neil Taylor needed oxygen after colliding with Craig Gardner on Saturday

Taylor (left) was unable to continue after the tackle

'The surgeons worked hard on Neil's injury last night and did a very good job,” said Swansea's head physio Kate Rees on the club's official website.

'He is comfortable and the surgeons are happy with the operation.

'While he should make a full recovery, the extent of the injury means Neil is likely to miss the rest of the season.'

Roberts, who joined the Swans from Wrexham last summer, had appeared in all three of the club's Premier League games this season, having enjoyed a successful debut season in the top flight.

After Taylor's injury, City twice had to come from behind to earn a point – a result that ended their winning start to the season – against the Black Cats.

Stretchered off: Taylor was taken off the field in agony

Stretchered off: Taylor was taken off the field in agony