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Fulham v Swansea City: Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez set to return as Michu ruled out

By V_Jones  |  Posted: December 28, 2012


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Spanish pair Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez are set to return for Swansea City as Michael Laudrup's men take on Fulham tomorrow (3pm).

Hernandez and Rangel will be available for the clash at Craven Cottage following thigh and ankle problems respectively after missing the start of a hectic festive period.

“He (Hernandez) was more or less ready for the Reading game, but with muscle injuries you can’t risk anything,” Laudrup said.

“It is important the player feels 100 per cent, but he and Angel will both be travelling with us.

“It is always a positive thing when you have two good players in one position.

“Dwight (Tiendalli) has done very well at right-back. Everyone feels comfortable with the way we play, and if we lose someone then the player who comes in knows what to do.

“We have seen it with Gerhard (Tremmel), Garry (Monk) and the wide players. Of course, we have seen it with Ben (Davies) for a while too.”

The Dane confirmed the Premier League's joint-top scorer Michu will miss the clash at Craven Cottage after he left the pitch at Reading with a swollen ankle.

Laudrup said he could be ready for Tuesday's clash with Aston Villa after physiotherapy.

“To say you don’t miss your top-scorer is a lie. But you can’t count on working with one player all the time," the Swans boss said.

Laudrup praised the Swans after they drew at 1-1 home with Manchester United before picking up a point in a 0-0 draw with Reading.

“They were two very different games against the teams at the top and bottom of the league," he said.

“But I have been happy with the performances, particularly the reaction of the team against Reading as we had played the top team only a few days before that. It was very positive.

“It’s a busy period from mid-December to February - it’s not only these ten days, because we then go into three games in six days with the two cups and league matches.

“But we are happy with the way things are going.”

Laudrup refused to comment on potential targets as the January 1 transfer window looms.

“It’s a part of the game and there are a load of rumours - last week I was asked about David Villa," he said.

“Right now, there is nothing to talk about.

“But after January 1 I will speak to our players about their futures. I think that is fair, because it is their future and they want to play.

“I think the most important thing is to know what the player is thinking.”

Provisional squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Sung-Yueng, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.

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