17:11 5th November 2013
. . . Swans defender fit and raring to go
Defender Ben Davies has been passed fit to make the long trip to Russia tomorrow determined to help the Swans take another step closer to qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages.
The Welsh international was forced to miss the last three games with an ankle injury sustained in the 4-0 victory over Sunderland on October 19.
He was expected to be ruled out for up to four weeks, but the 20-year-old left-back has made a speedy recovery and will be looking to secure the victory against Kuban Krasnodar on Thursday night that will edge the Swans closer to qualification from the group stage.
“I’m back quicker than I thought,’’ declared Davies. “If anything I was a bit disappointed I just missed out on the Cardiff game last Sunday.
“But I knew I couldn’t rush it, no matter how much I wanted to be part of it, because there’s a long season ahead and it was important I was 100 per cent ready.
“I’ve worked hard every day on my recovery because I’ve learnt that you only get out what you put in. As a result, I’ve virtually cut my rehabilitation time in half.
“In fairness, the medical staff at the club have been superb. They put everything in place for me to come back as soon as possible.
“I found it very frustrating watching from the stands. I just wanted to be out there helping the team.’’
Having drawn the last meeting 1-1 with Kuban at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago after a late penalty from Djibril Cisse denied the Swans victory, a win in Russia will move the Swans on to 10 points with two games to go.
“It’s a massive game where three points will give us a great chance to qualify,’’ added Davies. “But I think Kuban proved at the Liberty what a good side they are and we will face another very hard game.
“But after Sunday’s defeat it’s also a good chance for us to prove what we are capable of, especially ahead of another important league game against Stoke City this weekend.
“The boys are determined to bounce back.’’
The Swans will travel to Russia without Spanish duo Michu and Pablo Hernandez, while club captain Garry Monk is still out with a knee problem.
Michu, who limped off against Cardiff City with an ankle injury, could be out for around four weeks, while Hernandez will be assessed further after the international break after suffering from a torn thigh muscle.
* Meanwhile, the FA has today confirmed that midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will not face any disciplinary action following his interaction with the opposing supporters at Cardiff City Stadium.