Wilfried Bony is on Swansea City plane to Valencia
MICHAEL Laudrup has admitted he must “use the squad” against Valencia tomorrow night as he sweats over the fitness of Wilfried Bony.
Swansea City flew out to Spain this morning ahead of their mouthwatering Europa League Group A opener at the Mestalla.
Bony is the chief injury concern ahead of the game after a heavy collision with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on Monday left him with bruised ribs.
But Laudrup is optimistic that the £12 million centre-forward will be able to play some part in Valencia.
“Always after a game you have some knocks and bruises, so we have to see after training tonight,” said the Swansea manager.
“We have only three days between games, so we have to use the squad because it’s such a short time to recover.
“Everybody more or less should be fit, but bony is one of the players we have to look at.
“It’s not serious and I think he should be okay, but we will see.”
Swansea are definitely without the suspended Leon Britton tomorrow, while Neil Taylor (thigh) and Valencia old boy Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) will also play no part despite travelling with the squad this morning.
“We are in the middle of a tough schedule,” Laudrup added.
“Even if you don’t have serious injuries, a little knock can affect you when there is so little time between games.
“But we want to play all these games and that is something we have to accept.”