Writer: Andy Morgan
Date:Friday January 30 2009
Swansea City gaffer Roberto Martinez has backed his squad to cope with the loss of Darren Pratley and continue their push for the play-offs.
The dynamic midfielder was ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a shoulder injury that will require surgery.
The Swans have proved they have the strength in depth to replace influential players, with the likes of Alan Tate and Joe Allen stepping up to the plate in the long term absence of Marcos Painter and Ferrie Bodde.
Speaking to the Evening Post, the Spaniard said:
'I have got great trust in my players,' said the Swansea manager, 'and I know we have people who can come in and help us win matches at this level.'
'It's impossible to replace Darren, who has taken his game on to a different level this season, but I believe we can achieve the same standards with different qualities on the pitch.'
'In football you need to be ready to lose players through injury, and I know my squad is ready to cope. I have frustrated players who are desperate to come in and maintain our standards, and we have a number of people who can play in central midfield.'
'We have Owain Tudur Jones, Guillem Bauza, Kris O'Leary, Joe Allen, Leon Britton, even Andrea Orlandi can play there.'
'We are not a normal team who start the season with 11 players and then go into the loan market when an injury comes. That's not the way we work.'
'We work with 24 or 25 players playing in a certain way and you need to be at the club for five or six weeks to know how we do things.'
'That's why there's no point bringing anyone in to replace Darren, because by the time they have got used to things he will almost be back.'
Date:Friday January 30 2009
New Poll: Will Swansea City Beat Leicester? (Thursday October 23 2014)
Ki Wins Man of the Match Poll vs Stoke (Thursday October 23 2014)
Fernandez: I Hope To Be Here For a Long Time (Wednesday October 22 2014)
Poll: Referee Got Stoke Penalty Decision Wrong (Wednesday October 22 2014)
Rate The Players: Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City (Monday October 20 2014)
Report - Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday October 19 2014)
Stats: Stoke City v Swansea City (Sunday October 19 2014)
Hughes: Monk's Cheat Views Are Unacceptable (Sunday October 19 2014)
Monk: Penalty Decision Was 'Disgusting' (Sunday October 19 2014)
Line Ups & Updates: Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday October 19 2014)
|6. Man Utd||8||3||3||2||3||12|
|11. Hull City||8||2||4||2||0||10|
|A Mutual Appreciation Society!
» Chelsea : 25/10/2014 04:00:00
|Going for Three Points This Time!
» Chelsea : 24/10/2014 22:00:00
|Liverpool: Lawro Predicts 2014-15 - Hull (Home)
» Liverpool : 24/10/2014 20:00:00
|Villa to Sign Cleverley in January!
» Man Utd : 24/10/2014 18:43:00
|Pearson On Competition & Swansea Threat
» Leicester City : 24/10/2014 18:31:00