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MICHAEL Laudrup has reiterated that Swansea City and Wales must do the best for Ashley Williams after admitting his skipper will miss tomorrow’s Europa League clash with St Gallen.
Williams will sit out when Swansea take on the Swiss side in Group A, and is also a major doubt for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.
The central defender has been forced to miss three of Swansea’s last four games with an ongoing ankle problem.
But he is expected to be included when the Wales squad for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium is named tomorrow.
“It’s not a serious injury, but we have to be very careful with Ash because if we carry on playing him, he could end up being out for months,” Laudrup said.
“I think he will definitely be out against St Gallen and I doubt he will play on Sunday either.
“I haven’t spoken to Wales about the situation, I haven’t had time, but let’s see what happens in the next few days.
“Whether he plays or not on Sunday, I think Ash should go and join up with the national team so the doctors can see him.
“Then I think we should all do the best for one person – and that is Ash.”
While Williams definitely misses the St Gallen tie, Swansea are yet to rule out Angel Rangel, who is also nursing an ankle injury.
But it seems Pablo Hernandez’s comeback plans will have to be shelved until Southampton at the earliest as the winger continues to struggle with a thigh problem.
And Swansea’s club captain, Garry Monk, is also on the treatment table after picking up a knee problem at Birmingham last week.
The veteran defender attempted to train yesterday but lasted only a few minutes before limping off.
“Even if we are without those four, we will still have 18 players and I can assure you we will still put a competitive team on the pitch,” Laudrup added.
“We won our first group game in Valencia and St Gallen also won theirs, so already this is quite a big game.”