Swansea defender Naughton to miss rest of season

Swansea City defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the rest of the season after being forced off during Saturday’s 3-1 home victory over Hull City, Sky Sports has reported.

The right-back was taken out by a high challenge from Tigers midfielder David Meyler, who was given a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner. He had to be helped off the pitch before being taken to hospital, and after two scans it was revealed that the 26-year-old had sustained ligament damage.

A statement issued by Swansea on Tuesday morning read: “An initial scan on Saturday ruled out a fracture, but a follow up scan last night confirmed ligament damage that will keep the January signing from Spurs out for around six weeks.

“With just seven league games left, it’s a blow for Naughton and the Swans, the right-back having continued to impress with every appearance.”

Naughton has started all nine Premier League matches since arriving from Tottenham for £5m in January. He never fully established himself as a first-team regular at White Hart Lane, but since moving to South Wales he has slotted into a side that boasts a strong defensive record this season.

The injury is likely to result in a return to the starting XI for the long-serving Angel Rangel, while fellow right-back Dwight Tiendalli could now be recalled from a loan spell at Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough.

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