Swansea boss Laudrup confirms Michu won't be rushed back to side ahead of Cardiff clash
Wednesday 29 January 2014
Swansea will not rush back top scorer Michu for the Welsh derby against Cardiff, reports Sky Sports.
The only two Welsh teams in Premier League history meet a week on Saturday, but Michu will not be rushed back to the first team by Swans boss Michael Laudrup after recovering from a recent ankle operation.
The 27-year-old, full name Miguel Pérez Cuesta, had previously stated that he wanted to play in the game as Swansea aim to avenge their 1-0 loss at Cardiff in November, but Laudrup is reluctant to bring one of his most prized assets back ahead of schedule.
Laudrup did not rule out an appearance from the Spaniard, but has insisted that the 27-year-old will ultimately be eased back into the team. The manager was keen, however, to emphasise the impact he expects Michu to have once he does pull the trigger on the player’s full return.
“Getting him back would be like having a new signing," said Laudrup, who won 104 caps in 16 years as a Denmark player.
“But we're not talking about a two-week injury. He had surgery at the end of December, before that he had an injury in the last derby on his other ankle, so he has been out for quite some time this season.
“We well know it is one thing to be fit, and another to be match fit. So I don't want to put pressure on Michu and say he will back in the derby and have everybody think he can play 75 minutes without a problem and be at his best.”
Michu signed for Swansea in 2012 for a fee of around £2m – and that fee helped establish the striker, who has one cap for Spain to his name thus far, as one of the best pound-for-pound forwards in the Premier League last season.
“I think we can all agree what when we play Cardiff we will need everyone at their best and normally when you have players who have been out for quite some time you have to ease them back in,” continued Laudrup.
“So even if he is fit to play it is not likely he will start. If he could play 15 or 20 minutes, I do not know. But we have a lot of games in Febuary with Stoke, Everton, Napoli, Liverpool and Napoli again.
“We have games every two or three days so there will be plenty of games for everyone.”
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