Swansea boss Steve Cooper has revealed that defender Mike van der Hoorn will return to training next week as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.
Van der Hoorn had been a mainstay in the Swansea line-up this term before he first suffered the injury in the warm-up against Brentford, and he has since missed nine matches as he aims to make a full recovery from the problem.
The centre-back was named in the side for Swansea’s clash with Charlton in early January, but he was forced off after 58 minutes due to a recurrence of the issue, and he has now not been seen in the match-day squad since.
As per Wales Online, Cooper has now confirmed that Van der Hoorn will return to training on grass next week, but the Swansea boss stopped short at putting a timeframe on the Dutchman’s comeback.
“Mike will be on the grass next week. What that looks like for Huddersfield I’m not sure,” Cooper said.
“That’s the last stages of rehab and he’ll have to get through that. Hopefully he’ll get back to fitness and be available for selection.”
Van der Hoorn’s absence has presented opportunities to the likes of Ben Wilmot, Ben Cabango and new signing Marc Guehi, while the recent injury return of Joe Rodon has also helped the Swans to deal with Van der Hoorn’s setback.
The 27-year-old has been a key figure for Swansea since their relegation from the Premier League, and this saw him make 25 appearances prior to his injury this campaign.
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Swansea’s recent results suggest they have certainly missed Van der Hoorn’s leadership at the back of late, and he should definitely return to the starting line-up alongside Rodon when he is back fit.
This duo formed a strong partnership before Rodon’s injury in the early weeks of the season and this would be the best defensive set-up moving forward, even though the likes of Wilmot and Cabango have performed well when called upon.
It seems unlikely that Van der Hoorn will remain at the club beyond the summer if Swansea do not get promoted, so the centre-back will now be desperate to re-discover his fitness in order to help make promotion a possibility.