Swansea City midfielder George Byers has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Byers, 23, has enjoyed a good season in the Swansea midfield – the Scot had played 29 times in the Championship before limping off against Derby County last weekend, finding the net twice this season.
He was initially thought to have suffered a nasty sprain to his ankle but in his latest Instagram post, Byers has revealed that he’s suffered a tear in his ankle ligaments:
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Absolutely gutted to say I’ll be out for the rest of the season due to a tear in my ankle ligaments 👎🏻 Been a tough couple of days but all I can do is be mentally strong and come back a better player next season! But I’ll be right behind the boys until the end 👊🏻 Thanks everyone for your messages of support means a lot ❤️ #YJB
Plenty of Swansea fans are gutted to see him ruled out and for such a long time, especially after being such an important part of Steve Cooper’s set-up.
He’d been partnering Conor Gallagher in midfield since the Chelsea man’s arrival on-loan, and the pair were looking good in the heart of the Swansea side.
Cooper has spoke out about the injury, and has identified Joe Rodon as a ‘role-model’ for Byers – Rodon has recently returned to the first-team after a few months on the sideline, and has slipped seamlessly back into the starting line-up.
The Swans boss has urged Byers to confide in Rodon and to follow his example as he looks to return at the start of next season.
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Swansea sit 10th in the Championship table, six points off Preston in 6th. Byers will be a huge miss as Swansea look to snatch a top-six spot and replacing him won’t be easy.
But Cooper has some talented players at his disposal, and maybe Byers’ absence will allow a youngster the chance to impress.