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02/25/2014
 
Swansea's Spanish striker Michu does not appear to be in line to make a return to the Swansea side for this Thursday's trip to Napoli in the Uefa Cup.

Michu hasn't played since he had ankle surgery at the end of 2013. His last game was a 1-1 draw with Chris Hughton's Norwich City.  It is believed though that the front man who scored 22 goals last season, is in line for an imminent return.

Welsh full-back Ben Davies missed Sunday's defeat at Anfield to Liverpool but is expected to feature.

Last Thursdays first leg in Swansea ended in a 0-0 draw.  

Napoli and former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is also believed to be under pressure after his side endured a dour 0-0 draw with Genoa in last weekends Serie A fixture.

Benitez has defended his position saying: "The president understands that Napoli are where it was last year with a final to play. It has been a good season but if we analyse everything. It could have been better.  This is not to say it is going badly. At the start of the season, we did too well and everyone was expecting the same.


"But put together our positions in Serie A, the Europa League and Coppa Italia Final all point to a positive campaign.  For now I am not thinking about Champions League qualification. I am busy not worried. I have to prepare the team and manage the squad. We were lacking a bit of experience in these games."


On the task ahead with Swansea the Spaniard said: "I saw the game against Liverpool. "They have a squad strong enough to play with intensity also at the San Paolo."


 
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12/24/2013
 

Swansea will be without Spanish striker Michu for up to six weeks as he recovers from an ankle operation, manager Michael Laudrup confirmed.


Michu, 27, has scored 28 goals for the Swans since signing from Rayo Vallecano in the close season in 2012 but has been hampered all this season by ankle and knee problems.


"It's not good news," said Laudrup. "Unfortunately it has been confirmed that he will need an operation. It can be done in the next week and he should be back playing in around a month and a half."


The news is a further blow for Swansea after losing winger Nathan Dyer until February after he suffered an ankle ligament injury against Norwich.


Miguel Perez Cuesta arrived to the Welsh club Swansea City on the 20th of July 2012, back when he was in Rayo Vallecano, Michu was not the players he now is, for he's evolved into one of the top strikers in England with impressive performances for his club. 


The significance of his injury is of great importance to Laudrup and Swansea City club, his role in the team has been vital to the squads good performances in the EPL throughout the year. 

 
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11/27/2013
 

Valencia travel to Wales on Thursday with their place in the Europa League knockout phase assured and a matter of pride to play for against a Swansea side looking to lay down new landmarks in their European history.


With two matches remaining in the 12 group, round-robin format, Tottenham, Salzburg, Esbjerg, Ludogorets Razgrad, Fiorentina and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are also certain to be in the hat for the round of 32, as the long journey to the May 14 final in Turin continues.


Swansea are on the brink of playing in the spring phase of a European competition for the first time in club history, a far cry from their last continental appearance when they were hammered 10-1 on aggregate in the 1991-92 Cup Winners' Cup, by Monaco.


A Swansea win at the Liberty stadium will seal their status in the next round although should FC Kuban Krasnodar and Swiss club Saint Gallen draw, the Welsh club advance regardless of their result against Valencia.


Michael Laudrup brought the club their first English major trophy last season when they defeated Bradford City 5-0 to win the League Cup and the former Danish captain is working his magic again this season with the club solid in tenth place in the Premier League.


The 49-year-old, who scored 37 goals in 104 international matches, also has fond memories of his counterpart Miroslav Djukic when the Serbian memorably missed a penalty for Deportivo La Coruña in the last minute of the 1994 season against Valencia, handing Laudrup's Barcelona side one of his four Liga crowns.


Djukic served the club he now coaches as a sweeper between 1997 to 2003, but the 2002 Spanish title won during a golden spell for the club is overshadowed by Champions League final defeats in 2000 and 2001 against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.



 
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11/06/2013
 

Swansea City forward Michu could be out of action for four weeks after injuring his ankle during the 1-0 defeat by Cardiff City, manager Michael Laudrup revealed on Wednesday.


The 27-year-old, Swansea's top scorer last season in his first campaign at the club, had to be substituted in the 65th minute of Sunday's loss at Cardiff in the Premier League. He had already been ruled out of Swansea's Europa League tie with Kuban Krasnodar on Thursday but, speaking ahead of the game in Russia, Laudrup said that the injury was more serious than he had feared.


"Michu, our top scorer last season, has been struggling for a few weeks and is not 100 percent and unfortunately he is out again for maybe three to four weeks," Laudrup told a press conference, in comments reported in the British media. Laudrup said that Michu, who made his international debut for Spain last month, would use the enforced break to get treatment on some longstanding knee problems.


"When I say he has not been at his best, it is because he has been struggling with both his knees for many weeks, but he wanted to play anyway and he is one of our most important players," said the Dane. "So with this ankle injury, hopefully he can get both his knees sorted as well. He will be away in Spain for a few days for some injections."

 
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11/06/2013
 

Swansea City forward Michu could be out of action for four weeks after injuring his ankle during the 1-0 defeat by Cardiff City, manager Michael Laudrup revealed on Wednesday.


The 27-year-old, Swansea's top scorer last season in his first campaign at the club, had to be substituted in the 65th minute of Sunday's loss at Cardiff in the Premier League.


He had already been ruled out of Swansea's Europa League tie with Kuban Krasnodar on Thursday but, speaking ahead of the game in Russia, Laudrup said that the injury was more serious than he had feared.


"Michu, our top scorer last season, has been struggling for a few weeks and is not 100 percent and unfortunately he is out again for maybe three to four weeks," Laudrup told a press conference, in comments reported in the British media.


Laudrup said that Michu, who made his international debut for Spain last month, would use the enforced break to get treatment on some longstanding knee problems.


"When I say he has not been at his best, it is because he has been struggling with both his knees for many weeks, but he wanted to play anyway and he is one of our most important players," said the Dane.


"So with this ankle injury, hopefully he can get both his knees sorted as well. He will be away in Spain for a few days for some injections."

 
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10/24/2013
 

There was frustration for  Premier League side Swansea City in the Europa League who were held to a 1-1 draw by Russian side Kuban Krasnodar in south Wales.


It looked like a beautifully-crafted Michu goal midway through the second half would be enough to give Michael Laudrup's men a third win in as many games in Group A, especially as they had not conceded a goal in the section while their opponents had not scored. But the visitors won a penalty in stoppage time when Senegalese substitute Ibrahima Balde was brought down by goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and French former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse netted from 12 yards.


"It's massively disappointing to be honest," said Swansea captain Neil Taylor. "We weren't at our best. Fair play to them, they gave it everything, but that at the end is a sucker punch."


"I think overall it's a fair result, but of course when you're 1-0 up in injury time...yeah, that's a little frustrating," added Laudrup.

"But I have to say that watching the game overall a draw was a fair result."


Last season's English League Cup winners remain a point clear at the top of the section from Valencia, who romped to a 5-1 home win against St Gallen of Switzerland with Fede Cartabia scoring twice.


Like Swansea, Wigan Athletic drew at home against Russian opponents, although the FA Cup holders came from behind to hold Rubin Kazan 1-1 with Nick Powell cancelling out Aleksandr Prudnikov's opener.


Meanwhile, Serie A side Fiorentina followed up their stunning weekend win against Juventus by keeping up their perfect start in Group E, Spanish winger Joaquin setting them on their way to a 3-0 victory against Romanians Pandurii in Florence.


Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany made it three wins out of three in Group F by beating Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-0, and there was a much-needed win for Lyon, who beat Croatian side Rijeka 1-0 in Group I after a run of just one win in 12 games in all competitions.

Clement Grenier scored the only goal of the game in the second half and OL are level on five points with Betis, who won 1-0 at home to Vitoria Guimaraes.


Betis' city rivals Sevilla, who won the UEFA Cup in successive years in 2006 and 2007, needed a late equalizer to draw 1-1 with Slovan Liberec of the Czech Republic in Group H.

 
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