MICHAEL Laudrup will look for a boost from Michu today as Swansea City lick their wounds after a heavy defeat at Manchester City.
Michu is set to return to training this week, a month after damaging ankle ligaments in Swansea's derby defeat at Cardiff.
And Laudrup will have fingers crossed that the Spaniard will soon declare himself available for first-team duty — although Wednesday's home clash with Newcastle will probably come too soon — as Swansea search for firepower.
Laudrup's men were short on bite yesterday as they competed for a while against City before succumbing 3-0 to Manuel Pellegrini's title hopefuls.
Behind early on to Alvaro Negredo's free-kick, Swansea fought back admirably and ought to have been level by the break.
But the injury-hit visitors fell away after the break, with Samir Nasri's double wrapping up what was ultimately a comfortable City win.
"It's strange to sit here after a game where we lost 3-0 and really feel we did many things right," Laudrup said.
"I think we played very well in the first half. I said to the players before the game that when play players like this, you have to keep the ball as much as possible because they can change a game in a split second.
"We did that — I really think we played well. We didn't just keep the ball at the back, we got players forward and we had two great shots from Jonjo (Shelvey) and a big chance for Jonathan (de Guzman) just before half-time.
"We started the second half in the same way, but their second goal was an example of what I am talking about. It was a fantastic goal, and that's what can happen against top, top players.
"If you are going to win against players like this, especially at their ground, you have to take the chances you get and keep playing as well.
"We kept playing, but we didn't take our chances. It's a strange feeling for me.
"Of course I am not happy to lose 3-0, but on the other hand I am not really disappointed because I think the players did what they could.
"We showed here how we have to play, especially when we come away against one of the big teams."
Swansea will hope to have Leon Britton available for the Newcastle game after he missed the City trip with an ongoing toe problem.
Michel Vorm, who is again suffering with his knee, could also return, though it may be that he is held back for next Monday's game against Hull.
Swansea are still waiting to discover how long they will be without Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Angel Rangel (calf), with both players due to have scans today.
The return of Michu would be a real boost, but Laudrup will be cautious given the player's influence.
"We have to see with Michu — let's see how his knees and his ankle are," the Swansea manager said.
"But hopefully some players will come back. We had only 17 for Manchester City plus Rory Donnelly from the under-21s, but that's what I want.
"I don't want a huge squad. I want everyone to play a part."