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Laudrup hails heroic Michu as bloody marvellous

MICHAEL LAUDRUP praised Michu's attitude after the bloodied Spaniard battled through 90 minutes – and five different jerseys – during Swansea's 1-0 Europa League win over St Gallen.

Wayne Routledge got the only goal of the game, six minutes into the second half, tapping in at the far post.

But the visitors could have shared the spoils had striker Goran Karanovic converted a first-half penalty.

Michu (pictured) secured his status as a cult hero after a cut to his head from Stephane Besle's boot in the first half. Michu got to his feet with blood streaming from a cut and a farce developed as efforts to stem the flow, including vaseline, bandages and a change of shirt, all failed.

He was then prevented from returning to the field as blood seeped onto his change shirt, before a numberless jersey was finally deemed up to standard and he wandered back on.

At half-time a member of Swansea's staff was sent to the club shop to retrieve a shirt with his name and number on the back, but even that was changed during the closing stages.

Laudrup said: "It shows he just wants to play. He works so hard and he is really important for us, but I guess that's not really news."

When asked about the dash to the club shop for a new shirt, Laudrup joked: "Wasn't it closed?"