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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup rules out recalling Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yueng despite injury crisis

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

Michael Laudrup says the club won't be recalling Ki Sung-Yueng from his loan stint at the Stadium of Light.

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MICHAEL Laudrup has ruled out recalling Ki Sung-Yueng despite an injury crisis which has left Swansea City counting heads for tomorrow's trip to Manchester United.

South Korean international Ki has been one of the star performers at Sunderland since joining the Black Cats on a season-long loan in August.

Swansea have an option to recall Ki now as part of the agreement which took him to the North East — but Laudrup feels it would be unfair on the player to bring him back to Wales.

Swansea are without seven senior stars for this weekend's Old Trafford rematch, meaning the likes of Lee Lucas, Rory Donnelly and Dai Cornell may feature on an inexperienced bench.

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Jonathan de Guzman (calf) and Dwight Tiendalli (hamstring) are the latest names on Swansea's injured list.

When asked whether he has considered bringing Ki, Laudrup said: "Yes and no. Of course it's a possibility, but there are a lot of things you have to take into consideration.

"Sunderland are last in the table, but they are in a cup semi-final and Ki is playing regularly.

"I don't think bringing him back would help either of us.

"If I bring him back he will sit on the bench and maybe play some games.

"Imagine then, if Sunderland go to the final, how that would affect the player mentally."

The good news for Swansea is that de Guzman and Tiendalli's problems are not thought to be serious, while Michel Vorm, Pablo Hernandez and Nathan Dyer are all making good progress.

And despite a shortage of options this weekend, Laudrup insists he has no regrets about working with only 22 senior players.

He argues most of the fitness troubles are the result of players having to play too often — but still feels that is preferable to carrying a bigger squad.

"It's normal to have these injuries when you have played as many games as we have," Laudrup said.

"But I prefer having a smaller squad even if it means having only 14, 15 or 16 players for a few games during a season, like we have this weekend and we had last weekend.

"The injuries have come because of the number of games and the lack of resting time we have had between them.

"But as long as they are just small injuries, which they are, we can cope."

Even with all the absentees, Laudrup is confident Swansea will field a "competitive" side as they go in search of a second victory at United in six days.

There are likely to be a number of changes from last Sunday's FA Cup triumph, with Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Jose Canas all tipped to return.

"To win once at United is difficult, and to do it twice is even harder," Laudrup said.

"They will be desperate to end their losing run, but my players know they can win there now."

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  • TipOff  |  January 11 2014, 10:39PM

    Stupid move by laudrup, Ki is doing well for sunderland, his contributions are making a RIVAL CLUB harder for us to beat in the table, we might well be in a relegation battle and one of the teams that are likely to be there are sunderland. Ki is a swansea player, it almost seems like Laudrup cares more about hurting ki's feelings than remembering he is a servant of swansea city. An asset to be used for our good. At the moment Sunderland are a real threat to us in terms of table position and potential, giving them a player whose getting them points is suicidal and stupid. imagine we get relegated and Sunderland avoid it by a point? Get him back now, he can hold onto the ball well and seems to have found his scoring boots, lets take advantage of that and deal a rival a blow at the same time.

  • morton1947  |  January 10 2014, 4:24PM

    Borini and Ki are playing out of their skins at Sunderland- welll worh a punt to get Borini back but I think we have enough midfield players

  • willywalters  |  January 10 2014, 4:04PM

    Come on lads..don't e rolling over like a playful puppy at OT. We need quick out of the blocks and lots of bottle, so lets get this job done

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  • moggs  |  January 10 2014, 3:28PM

    Sound reasoning by Laudrup. Ki should stay up North.

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  • 2face  |  January 10 2014, 2:58PM

    Let's say he was recalled and ends up sitting on the bench a lot. Imagine then Sunderland going to the cup final. Ki would be absolutely furious and possibly poisonous in the dressing room.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 10 2014, 11:41AM

    Look at it this way, bring back Ki now, have him sit on the bench and want to leave by the summer, or let him carry on playing at Sunderland, improving as he has been, come back and start fresh next season at the Liberty. We have enough players to manage at the moment, we could perhaps do with another experienced keeper as backup and a winger who can offer real pace (not suer when Dyer is back), but Ki is neither of those things.

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  • valleyswan  |  January 10 2014, 11:18AM

    I'm a little disappointed to hear that Ki will not be recalled despite Laudrup's explanation. I've always rated Ki and think he could play a significant part in our efforts for the rest of the season. I'm sure the Sunderland fans will be delighted to know he'll be there for the rest of their season.

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