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Friday 20 April 2018

Laudrup pleased with squad fitness

Michael Laudrup says Swansea face 'three difficult games' over the festive period
Michael Laudrup says Swansea face 'three difficult games' over the festive period

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup feels his squad are showing little sign of fatigue as they look to end 2014 on a high.

The Swans ended a testing week with a 1-1 draw at Norwich on Sunday, in a match which was overshadowed by midfielder Nathan Dyer being carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury not long after he had put the visitors in front.

The full prognosis of Dyer's problem is yet to be determined, with initial tests at hospital showing "no obvious break" which in itself is good news after there were initial early fears the player could be out for the rest of the season.

Defender Chico Flores picked up a knee injury in the Europa League loss to St Gallen on Thursday night, but was suspended on Sunday anyway, and Laudrup revealed he could come back into the squad at home to Everton this weekend.

Swansea have now moved onto 20 points as they sit in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League, and Laudrup hopes his side - who were drawn against Napoli in the last 32 of the Europa League - will be able to regroup and push on over the festive schedule.

"In all of the (recent) games, I never thought that during the final third four or five of the players looked really tired, and so that is really positive," Laudrup said.

"We are trying as good as we can how we are going to play, and with who, to rotate in a good way, so we do not get players who play too much and will get injured.

"This was our 27th game, and that is much more than we played last season."

Laudrup continued: "We still have three games to go this year, so let's see. They will be three difficult games, Everton at home and two away against Chelsea and Aston Villa.

"This season has shown there are a lot of surprises, everything is possible in the Premier League, we will probably not get all nine points, but let's see how many we can."

Laudrup felt the injury to Dyer - which happened when he fell awkwardly after jumping in a challenge with Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong - unsettled the balance of his side, who last season saw defender Neil Taylor sidelined when he fractured his ankle in three places.

Captain Ashley Williams passed on the best wishes of the squad to their injured colleague.

"It is difficult for the team when an injury occurs to your team-mate, and Nath is a very popular guy in the changing room," Williams said on

"It is not nice seeing your team-mate go down with an injury like that and then stretchered off.

"You can only hope that it's not as bad as you think.

"But we had to get on with the game, and we faded after that.

"They grabbed their goal after he went off, and in the second half we just didn't bring the same level of performance as the first.

"So a point probably wasn't a bad result for us in the end, even though we were ahead."

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