Date:Thursday November 6 2008
Swansea City`s Dutch goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has handed the club a massive boost with the news that he could return to action in the next fortnight.
De Vries was carried off in the 0-0 draw with QPR in October with a depressed fracture of the cheek and a broken jaw, and was expected to be out for anything up to 8 weeks.
However, just 16 days after sustaining the injury, the former Dunfermline stopper is back in training and will soon be vying with loan signings Artur Krysiak and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos for the starting spot between the sticks.
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez told the Evening Post how he is delighted with the early return of his regular goalkeeper.
"He has had great news from the doctors, who say the fractures are healing quickly, and he has a mask which is making him feel really confident."
"We had thought Dorus would be out for at least six weeks, especially when the doctors have to consider that a goalkeeper needs to stand in front of a player who can kick the ball at 100mph towards his face.
But Dorus is desperate to be part of things and that`s great news for us."
"He is back doing some training and I would say he is between eight and 12 days away from selection."
The timing of De Vries` return could see him make his comeback for the November 21st clash with Birmingham.
Konstantopoulos will also be available for the game against the Blue`s and Martinez is enjoying having goalkeeping options at his disposal.
"Having three keepers is a unique situation for us, but it`s a great position to be in,"
"We all know how difficult it is to find good keepers to play at this level and, as long as he keeps enjoying his football, we would love Dimi to extend his stay."
"Artur is not allowed to play against Birmingham, so it`s important that we have two other keepers available then if possible. As long as every player has a challenge in front of them, which they do at the moment, we can work together."
Konstantopoulos is favourite to start against Watford this Sunday following an assured display at Doncaster last Saturday.
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