Date:Sunday December 15 2013
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said that Nathan Dyer's serious injury affected his side for a spell at Norwich City.
Nathan Dyer opened the scoring after doing well to win a header from a long ball, and he then lobbed the goalkeeper after just 12 minutes.
6 minutes of injury time were added to the first half though as Dyer suffered a serious ankle injury due to a nasty fall when challenging for the ball, and the bad news is that a fractured or broken ankle is suspected.
Shortly after he left the pitch via a stretcher, Norwich's Hooper fired in a 25-yard volley to put the scores level again.
Laudrup told the Official Site that the injury to Dyer affected his players as they returned to the field for the second half. He also said that the timing of the equaliser also had an effect.
"I think today`s game changed in two ways,"
"First of all, injuries are a part of sport and a part of football, but when things likes this happen - even though we don`t know how bad it is - we are all human, and I think his teammates had ten minutes when they suffered a bit.
"People get injured every game, but when you see people get carried out like that, you know it`s much more serious.
"Then when the opponents score an equaliser just before half-time, it`s difficult to come back to the dressing room. I think we again suffered a bit after half-time, especially from set-pieces.
"After that, the game was played a lot in midfield with both teams trying to get through.
"There wasn`t many chances, until the last ten minutes when suddenly they had a big chance and so did we.
"We will have to wait for the x-ray then an MRI scan to know if Nathan`s injury is bad or really bad.
"Everyone has asked how bad he is, but nobody really knows for sure until we get the tests."
Talking about the positives, Laudrup was obviously pleased to get to the 20-point mark 3 games before the half-way point in the season.
"It`s a little difficult with the injury in mind, but if we look at the positives, we have 20 points today, with three games to go until the midway point of the season.
"It`s the end of a run of seven games in three weeks, and we are still in Europe too.
"We have three difficult games [left until the halfway point of the season]. But this season, there has been a lot of surprises, so we still have a potential of nine points to get. Let`s see where we will be in three games time."
Date:Sunday December 15 2013
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