Sousa's Zak bid zapped by hip op
SWANSEA City's bid for Zak Whitbread looks set to be shelved after the Millwall defender was ruled out for up to three months.
Paulo Sousa had identified Whitbread as the man to bolster his defensive options.
But Swansea look sure to switch their focus to alternative targets because Whitbread has undergone surgery on a troublesome hip problem.
The 25-year-old American played no part in Millwall's pre-season because of the injury, and now faces a lengthy spell of rehabilitation which is likely to keep him out of first-team action until November.
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Meanwhile, Sousa has finally begun streamlining Swansea City's squad by sending Jamie Grimes out on loan.
The 18-year-old defender, who signed his first professional deal this summer, is to spend the season playing with Welsh Premier League outfit Haverfordwest.