Swansea hope for defender return

Swansea are hoping that defender Chico Flores will be fit in time to face Newcastle in the Barclay’s Premier League match at the weekend.

The defender, who was forced to miss Swansea’s games against Cheslea and Southampton with a dead leg which he picked up as the Swan’s defeated Liverpool in the Capital One Cup, spoke to the media to say

“I am hoping to return to full training on Thursday to see how it reacts. Like all players, I want to play week-in, week-out, and I am not the type of person who likes to leave the field with an injury. But I just couldn’t carry on at Liverpool; it was too bad. I thought I would recover after three or four days, but it just got worse and has dragged on.

“It was particularly disappointing because I thought I was at a good level after coming back from suspension. I was feeling comfortable on the pitch and with the team.

“My English is improving all the time, and although it’s still early days, I understand my team-mates a lot more and can express myself better. The injury is a blow, but I hope to be fit and performing well again soon, hopefully at Newcastle on Saturday.”

A dead leg happens when a heavy impact on the quadriceps forces the muscle to be crushed against the bone. This can lead to tearing of the muscle within the sheath which surrounds it. The resulting injury can cause pain, swelling, bruising and occasionally a restriction to the movement of the leg.

Treatment usually involves rest and the application of ice packs while keeping the leg elevated and recovery can take anywhere between a couple of days to a number of weeks to recover depending on the severity of the injury.

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