Login Register

Swansea City's Michael Laudrup hunts midfielder after Jose Canas blow - but it cannot be Ki Sung-Yueng

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Jose Canas faces a month on the sidelines

Comments (9)

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.

Related content

"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.

Read more from South Wales Evening Post

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters


  • moggs  |  January 18 2014, 2:38AM

    It's not just that Laudrup didn't recall,or even consider, recalling Ki. It seems that neither he,nor Jenkins, had the faintest idea what the loan deal conditions were. They were in ignorance of when he would have been available,if required. Now that confirms to me what I have suspected for some time,that, a) Jenkins is a bit dim,and b) Laudrup is somehow disassociated with the Club generally. It's not as if there's an army of players out on loan. Quite frankly,this has been an embarrassment.

  • CroJack  |  January 17 2014, 8:54PM

    Many blamed Laudrup for not recalling Ki. I think it's good he explained what had happened. DeGuzman, Dyer and Pablo are all back in next week, Michu will be back in a couple of weeks, so we'll only have Canas out of the squad. If we can grind a point against Tottenham I would be a very happy Swansea fan.

    |   3
  • muld00ns  |  January 17 2014, 7:45PM

    Shocking that people in these positions within the club can't read the small print!!!! Another bow to add to the joke that some areas of OUR club is being run. Sometimes we're still being run as if we're a championship club, get in the real world and get some specialist help in Jenkins!!!! For one a decent commercial department and a decent official website for up-to-date news and to purchase tickets. There is now a separate website for the commercial department which seems very strange!

    |   1
  • TipOff  |  January 17 2014, 5:55PM

    People on this forum (inc myself) had said it was STUPID to let Ki be at Sunderland BEFORE weeks before canas was injured. We said the possibility of potential injuries based on being halfway through the season as a valid reason. We said Ki is helping a direct rival get valid points that could come back and haunt us. Both of those two points were REAL and TRUE many weeks ago, and now look at what has happened, we're playing defenders in the role of a player we already had who had one of the best pass rates in the league and has proven to be a decent investment. If a bunch of random fans can see it, then why can't the people that matter?

    |   2
  • Stevo08  |  January 17 2014, 5:24PM

    Worse than amateur

    |   1
  • moggs  |  January 17 2014, 3:54PM

    The incompetence surrounding Ki and the details of his loan deal,is quite staggering. A bunch of amateur's seem to be running/managing the Club.

    |   3
  • Swansea10Jack  |  January 17 2014, 3:37PM

    Gutted for us and Canas. So the great Huw Jenkins lied to us, once again?

    |   -3
  • Swansea10Jack  |  January 17 2014, 3:28PM

    How can Dwight Tiendalli being back be described as good news. He is AWFUL, at least he's consistent I suppose. Would much rather Jazz Richards out there. Prove me wrong Dwight and produce a decent performance for once, I can he remember he played half decent in the League Cup game at Anfield last season, other than that he's been woeful or average at best (to be kind) in every single game.

    |   12