ANGEL Rangel admits Chico Flores will be a big loss if he misses the Capital One Cup final.
Swansea City's centre-back was stretchered off during Saturday's Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers.
A scan later revealed he had ruptured ankle ligaments.
That means it is extremely doubtful the Spanish defender will be fit to take on Bradford at Wembley on Sunday week.
Saturday substitute Kyle Bartley or club captain Garry Monk are in line to step up if Chico is ruled out.
But Rangel insists last summer's signing from Genoa will be a hard man to replace.
"We spoke to him at half-time and he didn't look very happy," said the right-back.
"He's been a very important player for us. He's been a rock at the back with Ashley Williams and he will be a big miss.
"We know we have other players who can fill in and do well.
"But I am very sad for him because he's had an amazing season. Hopefully this won't be too serious.
"I am sure if it's not anything serious like a broken bone or ligaments he's going to try to rush back for Wembley.
"It's one of the finals you've been dreaming of all your life and he knows that. He wants to win a trophy because he's never won one."
While Saturday was a bad day for Chico, Swansea's other Spaniards enjoyed a successful afternoon.
Rangel, Pablo Hernandez and Michu were all on target in a 4-1 triumph.
"I'm always delighted to score a goal," said Rangel. "As a defender, scoring goals is always a pleasure, but I don't want to single myself out, I think we had so many good players on Saturday and we performed well as a team.
"Not getting called up for Spain was very upsetting for Michu because I think he deserved it.
"Everybody in Spain and everywhere thought he deserved it, apart from the national coach.
"I said that would motivate him to score more goals and he was desperate to score again.
"He hadn't scored for a few games, but that's football. He cannot score in every game.
"It's great to see him scoring two and putting in a great performance as well."
Michu started and finished Swansea's scoring last weekend.
His first had a touch of fortune about it as the ball looped up before hitting the net.
But his second was a beauty as he poked home after being expertly found by Pablo Hernandez.
The result took Swansea to 37 points, all but ensuring they will again be playing Premier League football next season.
"We had a bit of pressure before the game because we hadn't scored for three games and we wanted to get to 37 points," said Rangel.
"We said before the game that it was about concentration and we did that.
"We scored an early goal, we scored a second and even though they scored early in the second half we bounced back straight away with Pablo's goal.
"Overall it was a great performance. I don't think we could ask for any more."
Now Swansea jet off to Dubai for some warm-weather training before next Sunday's match in Liverpool and the following weekend's Capital One Cup final.
"It's good to go away with 37 points," said Rangel.
"We're not safe yet, but it gives us that extra belief and confidence.
"We've got a great history against Liverpool, we haven't lost to them in the last two seasons.
"We'll go there and try to keep it the same way."