Garry Monk and Leon Britton sign autographs with fans after the win over Ventura.
17:09 19th November 2013
. . . Swans club captain suffers double blow
Swansea City defender Garry Monk has had his house burgled while undergoing a knee operation.
Monk, who has been ruled out for around six weeks, underwent minor surgery to remove loose cartilage and other fragments of bone around his left knee.
“The arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) went well,’’ confirmed Swans head physio Kate Rees.
“The problem was down to general wear and tear and the cruciate ligament injury he suffered a number of years ago. We are expecting him to make a full recovery over the next six weeks.’’
But no sooner had he recovered from the anaesthetic Monk, who returned from a weekend break away for the surgery, was informed that his Swansea home had been burgled.
Monk, who has captained the club in all four divisions since signing for the Swans in 2004, lost a large quantity of property including high-value watches and jewellery, laptops and computer equipment, mobile phones and a Swans kitbag marked with the number 16 and his initials.
South Wales Police is appealing for information following the burglary in Gower Road, Killay, which happened between 9am on Friday, November 15 and 2.45pm on Monday, November 18.
Detective Inspector Darren George of Swansea CID said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw any visitors to the property on Friday or over the weekend or who saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward.
“The burglary has resulted in a significant amount of property being stolen, much of which is of great sentimental value to Garry and his family.
“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the burglary or the stolen property to contact the police.”
A Swansea City spokesman said: “Garry and his family are devastated. He has given everything to the club, the local community and the supporters for nearly a decade and doesn’t deserve this.
“A lot of the items stolen were of great sentimental value and we would urge anyone who knows anything about the robbery to contact the police.’’
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 62130363685.