Injured Ben Davies faces four weeks out for Swansea City after Sunderland injury
SWANSEA City were today hit by news that Ben Davies faces up to a month on the sidelines with injury.
Scans have revealed the left-back suffered a badly sprained ankle during last weekend's 4-0 win over Sunderland.
Davies has been ruled out for between three and four weeks, meaning he is certain to miss the South Wales derby as well as Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham.
He is also likely to be forced out of the top-flight clash with Stoke City on November 10, as well as the two Europa League games against Kuban Krasnodar.
And that means the onus is on Neil Taylor to step up to the plate on the left flank of Michael Laudrup's defence having endured his own problems with injury.
Taylor missed almost all of last season after shattering his ankle, and his start to the new campaign has been disrupted by a nasty dead leg.
However, he played two games for Wales during the recent international break and impressed as a substitute after replacing Davies last Saturday. Now Swansea must keep fingers crossed that Taylor has some better luck with injuries, although Laudrup also has the option of deploying Dwight Tiendalli on the left of his defence if required.
Ideally, Taylor will get a run of games and recapture the form which established him as one of the Premier League's most promising young left-backs.
That would soften the blow of losing Davies, who has been such a star performer for Swansea ever since Taylor's injury handed him a first-team chance in September 2012.
The 20-year-old has been preferred to Taylor in the early stages of this campaign, but could now face a battle to regain his spot when fit again.
"I jumped for a ball in the first half of the Sunderland game but landed awkwardly and twisted my ankle," Davies explained.
"I tried to play on and I managed to continue for another half-hour or so, but it was getting worse and I had to come off at the start of the second half."
There was better news for Swansea's under-21 side yesterday as they triumphed 2-1 at Crystal Palace thanks to Rory Donnelly's last-minute goal.
Midfielder Kristian Scott, a recent signing from Stoke City, was also on target for Swansea in London.