11:13 14th August 2013
. . . loan star misses opening game after injury suffered while on Holland duty
The decision to stage international friendlies days before the start of the Barclays Premier League season claimed its first casualty after Jonathan de Guzman was ruled out of the Swans’ opening game.
The midfielder, on loan from Villarreal, was taken to hospital after he suffered concussion following a clash of heads with Dirk Kuyt during a training session with Holland ahead of their friendly with Portugal.
It means de Guzman will be sidelined for the next seven to ten days, meaning he is unavailable for Saturday’s curtain-raiser against defending champions Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium.
The 25-year-old could also miss next week’s Europa League Play-Off first leg against Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti on home soil.
Meanwhile, Jonjo Shelvey scored a stunning long-range goal on Tuesday night as England Under-21s thumped Scotland 6-0.
The Swans will hope that Wales quartet Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Ben Davies and Jazz Richards all come through tonight’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland unscathed, while Michel Vorm is in action for Holland and club record signing Wilfried Bony features for Ivory Coast in their friendly against Mexico in America.