White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Swansea

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 0 - 1 Swansea

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Laudrup cautious over Williams

Ashley Williams could be drawn into a club-versus-country row after Swansea manager Michael Laudrup suggested he needs to rest to cure an ankle ligament injury.

Last Updated: 28/09/13 at 17:01 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup says Ashley Williams needs to rest injured ankle

Michael Laudrup says Ashley Williams needs to rest injured ankle

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Swansea entertain Premier League leaders Arsenal this weekend but may have to make do with their influential captain who has playing through injury for the last few weeks.

Wales manager Chris Coleman will be hoping to call on the services of Williams next month for the qualifiers against against Macedonia and Belgium followed by the friendly against Finland in November.

But Laudrup, who insisted Williams does not need surgery, has suggested the defender may have to skip international duty in order to preserve his long-term fitness.

He said: I'm a little worried, but not because the injury is serious. It is his ankle ligaments - but I am worried.

"Okay he can play with an injection, and we could just work Sunday to Sunday and give him a break when we can.

"But Ash is an international. Arsenal is our fifth game in 12 days, then we play Thursday and Sunday and have two weeks off, with 13 days before we play Sunderland.

"But he has to go and play two games for Wales, so I'm a little worried if he does not get a good recovery it could go on. We have to be careful and I say 'we' by saying us and Wales too.

"I don't know if he will play against Arsenal, but it is more 'no' than 'yes'. But that is the short term. Long-term we have to look at what we are going to do.

"I would never ask a player to step down from his national squad but think it is important that a combination of the club and Wales find a solution to benefit both.

"Whether now or in November, he needs two weeks without a game. Let's see what happens in the next few days, if he doesn't play against Arsenal we will look at it again.

"But I have seen it when he has played with the problem, he has had it for three weeks and it's got worse. I have to look at it longer term. He does not need an operation but he does need a rest.

"We will give him that here, but maybe not enough."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Dejphon Chansiri targets Premier League by 2017 for Sheffield Wednesday

New owner Dejphon Chansiri has set his sights on getting Sheffield Wednesday back into the Premier League.

Chelsea captain John Terry not planning England return despite Wembley heroics

John Terry has no plans to reconsider his international retirement despite an emotional Capital One Cup win at Wembley.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea desire strong for more trophies

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea will be relentless in their desire to add further honours to Sunday's Capital One Cup success this season.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company