Ashley Williams facing race to be fit for Swansea City derby against Cardiff
ASHLEY Williams is facing a race to be fit for the Swansea City Premier League derby against Cardiff next month, according to Chris Coleman.
The centre-back reported for Wales duty this week despite not playing for Swansea City since a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace three weeks ago.
But Williams was quickly sent home after a scan revealed his injured ankle is far from healed.
Coleman said there was no way his captain could have played in Wales's final two World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia this evening (7.45)and Belgium on Tuesday.
And he reckons the severity of the problem means Williams is also set to miss more club games.
"I've talked to Ashley, he was here on Monday and we scanned him immediately," said Coleman. "It was clear he wouldn't be able to play and I don't suppose he'll be back for Swansea's next game or the one after that. How quickly the injury settles down, I don't know.
"Looking at the scan, talking to our medical team and liaising with Swansea, it was never going to happen.
"Michael (Laudrup) said he had him on the bench for the Southampton game as a number, and looking at the injuries he's got I can see that. He was never going to play.
"I'm not sure when he'll be back, probably two or three games after this international camp."
Williams was missing in Swansea's last four games — three of which they've lost, while Laudrup's side laboured to victory over St Gallen. Jordi Amat has partnered Chico Flores in his absence, and the pair got in a mess to hand Southampton the second of their two goals last weekend.
Swansea return to action with a home match against Sunderland a week tomorrow before travelling for a Europa League clash with Kuban Krasnodar four days later.
West Ham then visit the Liberty on October 27 before that match away to arch-rivals Cardiff a week later.