Michael Laudrup confident Swansea City can build on promising start
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is backing his players to build on their promising start to the season when they face Aston Villa on Saturday (3pm).
Laudrup suffered a heavy blow after a broken ankle ruled Neil Taylor out for the rest of the season, while Chico Flores is set to miss the next three games following a red card in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
Kyle Bartley will also be out for around three months with a ruptured quad.
But Laudrup insists his players can continue their earlier success after the arrival of free agent Dwight Tiendalli.
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“It has been a bad couple of weeks," the Swansea boss said.
"We all remember what happened to Neil and after that we have had another injury, not as serious, but a very difficult and rare muscle injury for Kyle.
“Then of course we have Chico suspended for three matches. It’s typical, to lose three defenders like this.
“But we have a squad and we have prepared them to play from the beginning, we did not think about serious injuries at that time but we are covered, we have players.
“Dwight is coming in to cover left-back so we don’t only have Ben for the rest of the season and I think we are covered.”
Laudrup believes a confident Swansea City can maintain their early season form as they look to improve at Villa Park this weekend.
“We can draw a lot from the Sunderland game, but at the same time that was two weeks ago now,” he said.
“We have another cycle of games coming up now with three league games and the cup tie with Crawley before the next international break.
“It is important that we stick to what we know and keep doing the things that have brought us success so far. We have a lot of confidence, and that is very important.
“But we can always improve, and that should be the mentality.”
Meanwhile, Laudrup revealed he was "very hopeful" that the club could agree contract extensions with Michel Vorm, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.