Swansea City will meet Wales over Ashley Williams injury
SWANSEA City are set for talks with Wales as they bid to resolve Ashley Williams's ankle problem.
The centre-back could miss today's match with Arsenal with an injury which has plagued him for several weeks.
Williams suffered ligament damage and has been having injections to get him through matches.
He sat out Wednesday's 3-1 Capital One Cup defeat in Birmingham, and is now also doubtful for the visit of the Premier League leaders. Michael Laudrup insists his captain needs rest in order for the issue to settle down. But in a season cramped by the addition of Europa League fixtures, it has been difficult to find a window for Williams to recuperate.
Swansea have a two-week international break after next Sunday's match with Southampton.
But Williams will be on Wales duty for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Wales.
With Wales having no hope of making the Brazil finals next summer, Laudrup hopes Williams may be able to miss those matches to allow his ankle to heal.
And the Dane is set to discuss that possibility with national boss Chris Coleman.
"Ash is a player who always wants to play, but he was not able to play the other night and maybe not on Saturday," said Laudrup. "You have to remember that when the rest of the players are off, when they can relax a bit during an international break, Ash has to play two games.
"We have to look after his injury. We have to be careful because we are only in October now, more or less, there is still a long time until mid-May.
"In November we just go on. We just play and play and play.
"I will never say to a player, don't go with the national team, but the fact is he is not 100 per cent and Wales have no chance of going on, so I think we at least have to talk about it.
"The federation, the club and the player need to sit down and say 'what can we do in this period, in the coming month'."
If Williams misses out tonight, Jordi Amat is likely to partner Chico Flores in central defence.
After Neil Taylor returned against Birmingham on Wednesday, Pablo Hernandez remains the only other major injury concern.
He has resumed training, but will not be ready to face Arsenal.
"It's still too early for Pablo and there are others who we will have to look at," added Laudrup.
"Of course you pick up some problems, but we have a good squad and we can change from one game to another.
"Pablo has been training for the past four or five days so if things go forward as they look to be, he might take part in the next two games.
"But because it's a muscle, we have to bring him in gradually.
"With Pablo, because it is his second one already this season, we have to be even more careful."