Swansea City manager Steve Cooper says that it is too early to tell the extent of the injury suffered by midfielder Conor Hourihane during his side’s derby defeat to Cardiff on Saturday.
Hourihane was forced off just 18 minutes into the game at The Liberty Stadium, following a collision with Cardiff midfielder Juninho Bacuna.
Now it seems as though Swansea may have to wait until some point next week to discover the extent of the injury, although it appears unlikely that Hourihane will now be joining up with the Republic of Ireland for next week’s international break.
Providing an update on Hourihane after the game, Cooper was quoted by Swansea’s official website as saying: “I am not sure of the extent of his hamstring injury. He has come off, but I am not sure how bad it is, that we will find out over the next few days.
“It seems he might not go away, but I don’t want to rule him in or out at the moment.”
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Since joining Swansea on loan from Aston Villa in the January transfer window, Hourihane has scored five goals and provided one assist in 13 league games for the club.
Next up for Swansea after the international break, is a trip to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City on the 2nd April (Good Friday), followed by the visit of Preston North End to the Liberty Stadium on Easter Monday.
This would be a huge blow for Swansea if it proves to be the case that Hourihane is out for any considerable length of time.
The midfielder has been a big influence for Cooper’s side since his arrival in Wales, and would be a significant miss were he to be out long term.
Indeed, with Swansea’s automatic promotion push hitting a few hurdles in recent weeks, this injury to a player as good as Hourihane has come at a worrying time for the Swans.
As a result, if as has been suggested, Hourihane does not go on international duty, this break will at least be a relief for Swansea, giving them some time to get the 30-year-old closer to fitness before they return to action.