Monk Out Of The Season ?
Swansea City captain Garry Monk looks all but set to miss out the rest of the season with a back injury.
Monk was expected to make a return to action in the last few weeks but has seen his recovery from injury hampered.It has led to Swansea Physio Richie Evans refusing to put a time-scale on the defenders recovery.
The former Southampton defender has been one of the contenders for player of the season despite his long injury lay off.
Roberto Martinez has been boosted by the news that Andrea Orlandi is available for selection following his knee injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Johnstones Paint Trophy Regional Semi Final. Defender Marcos Painter is also ready
Richie Spoke To The SWEP:
|'I'm not going to put a timescale on a return. Back injuries are complicated, it could be two weeks or it could be three months.'|
'I hope he'll be back before the end of the season, but we'll have to wait and see over the next couple of weeks.He's been out for five weeks now and he has missed a lot of football.'
'He hasn't been able to do any kind of fitness work, but I'm definitely not ruling him out.'
We're really happy with Andrea, it's just a case of when the manager wants to pick him.Marcos has trained well in the last couple of days, we're going to step up his fitness work and he could feature,'
Promotion has been in the thoughts of many a Swansea City fan over the last four months as the South Wales club inch ever closer to the target of the Championship. It has been on the captain's mind in previous months and has revelled that all the players had an eye out for events unfolding on Tuesday evening that have given Swansea a huge chance to secure promotion on Saturday.
Focus has already been cited on the possible Cardiff/Swansea derby and Monk admits that it has been the topic of conversation amongst the Squad. In what would be profile raising games between the two Welsh clubs Monk believes it can only be good for the Welsh game.
Monk Spoke To The WM:
|"Whether the focus is on Cardiff more than us this weekend is irrelevant. We will concentrate on our own business.|
"I don`t think any of the Welsh teams get the appreciation they deserve outside of Wales anyway.When you look at it, the national papers are always talking about Leeds or Nottingham Forest when it comes to League One. But we have been top for months, not them."
in terms of what we do, it will be great to have two Welsh teams in the Championship. It will definitely raise the profile of football here.The lads are already talking about the prospect of having two derbies against Cardiff. They will certainly be the first fixtures everyone looks for.
"That`s the sort of thing that would make promotion so special. And, if we could get there, they would undoubtedly be two great games."
Swansea could secure promotion on Saturday should Doncaster lose to Huddersfield and Swansea win over a relegation threatened AFC Bournemouth side.