Swansea City's Ashley Williams misses Sunderland - but could return soon
ASHLEY Williams will again miss out when Swansea City face Sunderland - but Michael Laudrup hopes his skipper could be back in action next week.
Williams has no chance of featuring against the Black Cats on Saturday because of the ankle problem which has been troubling him for the last month.
But the influential centre-back is due to return to full training at some point over the weekend and, if he comes through unscathed, he could come into contention to play next week.
Swansea host Kuban Krasnodar in seven days' time and then welcome West Ham to the Liberty a week on Sunday.
And with the South Wales derby to come after that, Laudrup is keen for the Welsh international to get some game-time.
"Ashley was on the bench at Southampton and he could maybe have played for ten or 15 minutes, but he will not take part this weekend," said the Swansea boss.
"He went to join up with Wales and the doctors there saw what we had seen - everybody could see that he was not 100 per cent.
"They all said he needed maybe one or two weeks to recover.
"Even if he trains tomorrow and feels okay after a couple of sessions, he still has to get match fitness back.
"If everything goes well, we could maybe look at the game next Thursday or West Ham.
"I know Ashley would like to play a game before Cardiff - but I will not risk him."
While Williams misses out, Swansea are increasingly optimistic that Ben Davies will be fit to face Sunderland.
The likes of Leon Britton, Pablo Hernandez, Michel Vorm and Garry Monk will be available.