Swansea City defender Mike van der Hoorn has shared a social-media update as he continues his recovery from his knee injury which has kept him out of action for the last month.
Van der Hoorn has not featured for Steve Cooper’s side since he was substituted during the 1-0 victory over Charlton in early January, with this meaning the centre-back has missed all of Swansea’s last four league matches.
The Dutchman had played every minute of league action for the South Wales outfit this season before initially suffering his injury during the warm-up for the Boxing Day clash against Brentford, and he has not been able to regain full fitness since then.
Cooper provided an update on Van der Hoorn’s injury last week when he claimed the club was “happy with his progress” despite not revealing his projected comeback date, and the 27-year-old once again sat out the Swans’ 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday.
The Swansea defender has now taken to Instagram to share his latest update:
Van der Hoorn has been an enormous presence for Swansea since their relegation to the Championship in 2018, with the centre-back having made 69 consecutive league appearances for the club before his recent injury ahead of the Brentford match.
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Van der Hoorn is an excellent leader at the back for Swansea and his presence in the side will have been missed in recent weeks, but the return of Joe Rodon against Preston will have eased the pressure on the club’s back-up options at centre-back.
Swansea fans will now be hoping it will not be long until Rodon and Van der Hoorn are able to reprise their defensive partnership following their impressive start to the season together, and the signs suggest it will not be too long before they are able to do this.
It is clearly frustrating for Van der Hoorn that he has not been able to contribute as the Swans set themselves up for a promotion push, but the fact Cooper now has plenty of defensive options will ease the pressure on the Dutchman to make a recovery.