Date:Tuesday January 25 2011
Brendan Rodgers admits that it will be difficult for Ferrie Bodde to be involved in first team football this season.
The Dutch midfielder has struggled with a knee ligament injury since November 2008 and has so far failed twice to recover and return to playing in Swansea's senior side.
Vital Swansea has heard speculation suggesting that Ferrie Bodde may not return and continue his footballing career, not only because of his serious injury, but that he may not be in the right frame of mind to do so after a long 2 years of tough rehabilitation.
Obviously we hope it's completely wrong, as Bodde has superb quality and goalscoring ability that we've missed in our midfield since his absence.
Swans fans have been calling out for a creative, goalscoring central midfield player and we can't forget some of Bodde's excellent long range goals, especially his 40-yard goal away at Preston North End a few seasons ago.
Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers believes it will be difficult for Bodde to make a return this season, not only because of the injury - the time it'll take to gain full match fitness, but his struggle to win a first team place in a midfield where there are a number of players competing for a place.
'I think it will be difficult for him to play this season,'
'For one you have to consider how long Ferrie has been out. It will be difficult for him to get up to match speed — and to get into the team.
'I will not just throw the players who have got us where we are to the garbage.
'They have been fantastic, so I think the reality is that it will be difficult for him.'
Rodgers also says he still rates him very highly and will give him 'every chance' to get involved again:
'He has been doing the one-to-one work he needs in Holland in preparation for coming into the group,'
'He is due to come back at the end of this month and he will still be two or three months away so we are looking at April.
'We want to give Ferrie every chance, but he has to give himself every chance as well.'
'He is certainly someone who, if he can get back to the level he was at when a host of clubs were chasing him, is a big player. There's no question about that.
'It's because of that level he can get to that we have to give him every chance as a football club. The club have been fantastic with him contractually. They have given him time to get himself right and have been very fair. We hope like everyone does that he can back to his best because he can be a top player at this level.'
Date:Tuesday January 25 2011
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