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Ki Sung-Yueng admits he feared Swansea City heartbreak after Ramires clash

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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KI Sung-Yueng has spoken of his relief after fearing his League Cup final dream was over before it had begun.

The South Korean hopes to feature for Swansea City at Sunderland tonight despite missing training in the lead-up to the game because of an ankle problem.

Ki picked up the injury during last Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win over Chelsea, when he was caught by an ugly challenge by Ramires.

The Brazilian international planted his boot on to Ki's ankle, and there were fears initially that serious damage had been done.

Referee Chris Foy missed the incident, failing even to give a foul when Ramires deserved at least a yellow card.

But happily for Swansea, Foy's error did not matter.

They progressed to Wembley and Ki climbed off the treatment table much quicker than first expected.

"I was afraid after the tackle that I had got a bad injury," says the£5.5 million former Celtic man.

"I was very lucky. I have had a few ankle injuries before so I know how bad they can be. I thought I might miss Wembley when it happened. I thought I might not be able to play for two or three months, but I was very, very lucky. My foot was a little bit in the air and that was crucial. I think if it had been on the ground, the injury would have been a lot worse.

"I can't understand why the referee didn't give a foul or a yellow card.

"There was a lot of pain for me in the second half of the game, but I didn't want to come off and I managed to get through.

"Now it is feeling much better and I hope I can play against Sunderland."

Though he played on until the end of the Chelsea tie, Ki was not able to train over the weekend.

But he was back on the paddock with Michael Laudrup's squad yesterday and hopes to keep his place at the Stadium of Light.

The trip to Sunderland does not capture the imagination quite like the Chelsea tussle did, for Wembley does not beckon for the winners.

But Ki insists there is no shortage of motivation with the Swansea dressing room as they switch their focus back to the Premier League.

"Of course we are all fighting for a place in the team at Wembley," he accepts.

"But the final is a month away, and we always have focus for our league games.

"We have two coming up away from home this week.

"It's going to be a tough week with two physically very hard games, but we all feel that if we give 100 per cent, we can get results in both of them.

"We have to keep getting results in the league.

"We have three or maybe four games before the cup final and we want to avoid defeat in all of them.

"Every game will be very hard, but it would be nice to go into the final in good form.

"Then we will try to finish the league season strongly after that."

If Wembley was this weekend, Ki would be almost certain to make Laudrup's starting side.

But one of the strengths of Swansea this season has been there ability to use different players while still landing positive results.

There are not many players, therefore, who can say with any confidence now that they will be in the team that walks out under the arch on February 24.

The trip to Sunderland, plus the upcoming fixtures against West Ham and Queens Park Rangers — and possibly Liverpool — provide Laudrup's players with a chance to ensure they are involved on the big day.

"Every player is ready to play," Ki points out. We have shown this season that anyone can come in and do well. We have got good strength in this squad."

Laudrup will hope the prospect of Wembley will drive his players on in the league, that the desire to face Bradford City will help Swansea cement their position in the top half of the table.

The Dane is convinced that his team's focus at Sunderland will not be affected by the highs of their Chelsea triumph, and recent evidence backs up his claim.

After winning the semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge, Swansea made the daunting trip to Goodison Park and came with a hard-earned point.

Another shift will be required if Swansea are to get anything at Sunderland, but then Laudrup's men are getting used to taking points on their travels.

"We are very well organised defensively and we have not conceded many goals," reckons Ki.

"I think that especially defensively, we are getting better and better as a team.

"We are also good on the counter-attack, so these are strengths when we go away from home. In football you never know what will happen, but we will go into the away games this week feeling confident.

"We don't just go to try to get a draw. We will try to win each one."

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  • trncjack  |  January 29 2013, 9:53AM

    one of the strengths of the swansea team is there ability ,, there there ,,,,,,come on swep, there is there .there is their and there is they'r as in they are. grammer ,

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