VIDEO: Swansea City worry over Ashley Williams ahead of Cardiff as defender is ruled out of Kuban Krasnodar clash
SWANSEA City are continuing to fret over Ashley Williams's fitness ahead of the South Wales derby after he was ruled out of tomorrow's Europa League clash with Kuban Krasnodar.
Williams was due to return to training last weekend but is still feeling pain in his ankle.
BELOW: Michael Laudrup looks ahead to the game against Kuban Krasnodar:
Williams, who has been working on his own with Swansea's medical team, did take some part in training today - but has already been ruled out of the Kuban game.
The influential centre-back is also doubtful for Sunday's Premier League game against West Ham, and it would be a risk to pitch him straight back into the Cardiff clash seven days later after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
"Ashley hasn't trained with the group yet because he is still in pain when he has to make certain movements," Laudrup said.
"He is close to training with the squad again, but he will not be involved against Kuban.
"Can he play against West Ham? Well one thing is being fit, but coming back into a game is another when you have been out for a while."
BELOW: Gerhard Tremmell on the task ahead for Swansea City:
Williams's absence means Jordi Amat will continue alongside Chico Flores in the centre of Swansea's defence against Kuban, while Neil Taylor is set to start at left-back with Ben Davies facing between three and four weeks out.
"Ben will probably miss the next five games," Laudrup conceded.
There is better news of Pablo Hernandez, who is set to feature tomorrow for the first time in almost two months having shaken off a thigh injury.