MICHAEL Laudrup has revealed Swansea City are on the lookout for a midfielder after losing Jose Canas for a month.
And Laudrup has also admitted he seriously considered recalling Ki Sung-Yueng from his loan spell at Sunderland this week - only to discover that Swansea had missed their chance to bring the South Korean back to Wales.
"When I was first asked about bringing Ki back (last week), I said I would not because he was doing well at Sunderland and if he came back and didn't play regularly, it would be very difficult for him mentally," said the Swansea manager.
"But things changed dramatically when we lost Jonathan de Guzman and Jose Canas in the space of a few days.
"The injury to Canas will probably keep him out for about four weeks, and suddenly we only had two midfield players.
"Then I looked into the possibility of bringing Ki back, but the loan agreement said it should have been done by the end of December, so it's not a possibility.
"The only way we can change that is if Ki and both clubs all agree to end the loan, but of course Sunderland are not going to do that."
Chairman Huw Jenkins claimed earlier this week that Swansea had until January 31 to recall Ki if they wished.
But having checked the small print, Swansea have realised they had to give Sunderland seven days' notice that they planned to bring Ki back before January 1.
While questions may be asked about why Swansea agreed to such a deal, Laudrup must now focus on planning for the rest of the season without Ki.
And he concedes a new midfield player may now arrive before the end of the month.
"We are looking into that position because of the injury of Canas," Laudrup added.
"But it's a difficult position because if players are playing somewhere else, their clubs say they cannot go. Finding players who are not playing is not easy."
There is some good news for Swansea ahead of Sunday's clash with Tottenham, with Laudrup confirming that Roland Lamah and Dwight Tiendalli are set to return to his squad after injury.
Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez are back in full training, but it is unlikely they will make it in time.