Swansea City midfielder George Byers has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a high ankle sprain during the defeat to Derby over the weekend.
Byers missed last night’s goalless draw with QPR as a result of the injury he sustained against the Rams, and Swansea boss Steve Cooper has now revealed that a scan has informed them Byers is facing a three-month absence with the issue.
The 23-year-old suffered the blow when he landed awkwardly under a challenge from Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer during the 3-2 defeat, and this saw him replaced by fellow midfielder Yan Dhanda during the interval of the clash.
Speaking after the QPR clash, Cooper revealed the extent of Byers’ fresh injury problem before describing it as a blow for his side, but he asserted that the club will now support him towards making his recovery in time for pre-season.
“It’s a blow. He has had a high ankle sprain, which is unfortunate as the keeper landed on him,” Cooper told the club website.
“It rules him out for three months, which obviously keeps him out of the rest of the season.
“It’s a blow for him, and for us, and we need to support him during his recovery and getting him back during pre-season.”
Byers has been a regular in the Swansea side this campaign which has seen him make a total of 33 appearances, while the Derby loss represented the sixth consecutive match where the midfielder had been named in the starting line-up.
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This will come as a massive blow to Swansea given they are already short on numbers in the centre of the park, and Byers’ absence will now put even further pressure on the midfield department during the remainder of the campaign.
Byers offers attacking and defensive attributes which have seen him become a mainstay in the Swansea side of late, but Cooper will now need to re-arrange his midfield set-up to include either Dhanda or Jay Fulton.
I can see Fulton being the man to replace captain Matt Grimes at the base of Swansea’s midfield, while Conor Gallagher would then be given more of a licence to roam forward.