On loan Swansea City midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is facing up to three months on the sidelines with a fractured foot, manager Steve Cooper has revealed.
Gibbs-White joined the Welsh club on a season-long loan from Premier League side Wolves back in the summer transfer window, and had made an impressive start to life at the Liberty Stadium.
The midfielder had featured in Swansea’s first four league games of the season, scoring once and providing an assist, but was absent from his side’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday, and it seems that will be the case for some time to come yet.
Speaking about Gibbs-White’s fitness situation after that defeat to Huddersfield, Cooper told Swansea’s official website: “He’s out for three months. Unfortunately, he’s got a stress fracture in his foot.”
Cooper is well aware of the blow losing Gibbs-White will represent for Swansea, but it seems he is confident they will ultimately be able to cope with that loss, as he went to add: “It’s a blow for everybody. He was doing so well for us. We brought him here because we thought he was going to be an important part of the team, but these things happen and we have to work hard with him to try and get him fit.
“In the meantime, we’ve still got enough players to go and be more than competitive in any game that we play.”
Following that defeat to Huddersfield, Swansea are fourth in the Championship table, with ten points from their five league games this season.
This does look like a rather significant setback for Swansea.
Gibbs-White has certainly been impressive during the early part of the campaign, so his influence could be a big miss for the Welsh club going forward in the next few months.
It does not help that this news has come just after the close of the transfer window, meaning the club cannot go out and find a replacement for him.
You also feel as though this is going to be disappointing for Gibbs-White as well, since it has come at a time when he was enjoying regular first-team football, and hitting some decent form as well.