Swansea City manager Steve Cooper says defender Ryan Bennett could miss his side’s next two games – against Bournemouth and local rivals Cardiff – through injury, while there is also concern over fellow centre back Marc Guehi.
Bennett was absent from the Wales-based club’s 2-0 win at home to Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, having picked up hamstring injury in his side’s defeat at Middlesbrough in midweek.
Providing an update on Bennett after his side’s win on Saturday, Cooper was quoted by BBC Sport as saying that the injury was “not a long-term one”.
However, when discussing how long the 30-year-old could be out for, the Swansea boss added: “Bournemouth I think unlikely, maybe Cardiff as well. Hopefully after that we’ll get him back but we’ll see.”
Indeed, with a congested fixture schedule this season, it seems Cooper is expecting injury problems such as this to be a regular occurrence, as he claimed: “We are going to get lots of this, every team is. It’s inevitable you are going to pick up some niggles. It’s something we are just going to have to accept.”
Guehi meanwhile, was forced off with a blow to the head in an incident that saw Luton’s Matt Pearson red-carded, and given the nature of the injury, it seems Cooper is unwilling to take any risks with the on-loan Chelsea man.
Discussing the situation surrounding the 20-year-old, the Swansea manager explained: “He’s had a bang on the head, he’s getting checked out. We don’t know the extent of it. We didn’t want to take any risks with a head injury.”
This will probably cause a considerable amount of concern for Swansea.
Both Bennett and Guehi are solid and dependable defenders, and they will not want to lose either of them for any length of time if possible.
Indeed, with games coming up against a promotion rival in Bournemouth and a resurgent Cardiff in the derby, this is certainly not a good time to lose two important players from the heart of your defence.
However, given the nature of the injuries, it is sensible not to want to risk either player and potentially make things worse, and with the squad they have, Swansea do at least have the options available to provide cover for the duo.