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Swansea Welcome Back Pratley After Injury

Swansea City welcomed back midfielder Darren Pratley following his shoulder injury after coming on as a late substitute in yesterday's 1-1 draw at home to Charlton.

The former Fulham player was expected to be on the sidelines for 10 weeks, and was due to return to action in mid-April.

Instead, he's made a quick recovery and it's a huge boost for us as we were beginning to look low on numbers in the centre of midfield.

Joe Allen is out for 2-3 weeks which meant striker Guillem Bauza came in to replace him for the last 2 games.

Shaun MacDonald was also recalled from his loan spell at Yeovil Town.

Pratley praised his team-mates, and told Wales Online they've done a fine job since the injuries to himself and fellow midfielder Ferrie Bodde.

"We have been hard hit with injuries. We have lost a few who play quite regularly, but the lads who have come in have done just as well,"

"To be honest, I`m not sure that any of us have been really missed.

"They have won without us.

"Obviously, we would like to be in the side, but they haven`t struggled without us.

"The lads are winning games and have been playing well. They played Fulham off the park. It shows everyone is replaceable.


Pratley's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the 22 year-old, as he missed his international debut for Jamaica as well as playing against his former club Fulham twice in the FA Cup 5th round.

He added: "It is hard to miss any game,"

"Missing the FA Cup against Fulham was hard and I also got called up to Jamaica, so I missed that game as well.

"It was really disappointing, but I`ve accepted it now and I`ve just got to get myself back to full match fitness.

"For me, international football is the next step up and it is one I want to take.

"If I can get back playing now I hope I can be in contention next time for Jamaica."


'I think Charlton highlighted quite a few of our weaknesses, our finishing was nothing short of appalling with Gomez and Dyer's attempts ending up in row Z when it would have been easier to score. If there's a plus to come out of the game it was the noticeable difference Pratley made in the 5 mins he played and maybe had he been put on 15 mins earlier we may have had the three points, but great to see Pratley back.'
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Date:Sunday March 1 2009

Time: 12:44PM

Your Comments

Great to see him out there playing again, typical Pratley showed a lot of effort in the few minutes he was on, hopefully he can start on Tuesday as we'll need him at Derby, don't want to rush him back though.
KevinE
Great to see him out there playing again, typical Pratley showed a lot of effort in the few minutes he was on, hopefully he can start on Tuesday as we'll need him at Derby, don't want to rush him back though.
KevinE
a massive boost for us, i hope he's ready for a full game but i'd have him on the bench again tuesday rather than try to rush him, he can then start on sat at forest.
GThomas
a massive boost for us, i hope he's ready for a full game but i'd have him on the bench again tuesday rather than try to rush him, he can then start on sat at forest.
GThomas
shocked to see him on the bench, hope he's not being rushed back, but on this display we really need him back asap
cyjax
shocked to see him on the bench, hope he's not being rushed back, but on this display we really need him back asap
cyjax
we need him badly, doubt he's ready to start though
GThomas
we need him badly, doubt he's ready to start though
GThomas
 

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