Swansea City: Kyle Bartley's injury blow
SWANSEA City have been hit by a fresh defensive blow after new recruit Kyle Bartley was ruled out for three months with injury.
Bartley joins Neil Taylor on the long-term injury list after rupturing his thigh.
The news comes as another heavy blow to boss Michael Laudrup, who lost Taylor for the season last week and is also without Chico Flores for the next three games through suspension. It is understood Swansea are still trying to work out how and when Bartley suffered the injury.
The £1 million summer signing played the full 90 minutes in Swansea's Capital One Cup win over Barnsley just over a fortnight ago but has not had any game-time since.
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He would probably have been on the bench for Saturday's trip to Aston Villa, with Alan Tate expected to partner Ashley Williams in the centre of Swansea's defence even before Bartley got injured.
With the former Arsenal man not expected to play again until December, Laudrup's defensive resources look worryingly thin.
And it could be that Garry Monk, who has been told he can leave by Swansea's new manager, is now welcomed back into the fold.
However, Swansea's long-serving club captain has been struggling with injury himself.
Monk had looked poised to join Bristol City on a long-term loan deal last month but the move was postponed because of a back problem.
He is still not fully fit, but is back in training and could be set for a dramatic return to the first-team picture at the Liberty.
"I think at the moment Garry's priority is to get back to fitness and to be training every day," Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed.
"He is more or less back training now and within one or two weeks he should be back to normal."