Hernandez and de Guzman hope to be back this weekend

Swansea’s winger Pablo Hernandez is hoping to be able to return to the squad for their game against Sunderland on Saturday in the Premier League.

Hernandez has been sidelined for the past six weeks after he picked up a hamstring injury in the game against West Brom in the first weekend of September but the Spaniard has been working hard to return and now hopes he can do enough in training between now and the weekend to convince manger Michael Laudrup that he is ready for the game.

Hernandez told the Swansea website

“It was a shame for me because I felt I put in my best performance so far this season against West Brom, and then I pick up a hamstring problem.

“I’ve had to miss seven games so it has been a frustrating period.

“But now I feel stronger and more confident of being available for the Sunderland game.

“This week has been very important for me and hopefully, with a couple of more days training, the manager will see that I am ready for this game.

“It is an important fixture for us because we need to start picking up points at home.

“But we know Sunderland have a new manager in Gus Poyet, so the players will be looking to do everything to impress him and get a good result.”

As he said, Hernandez has missed Swansea’s last seven fixtures including their Europa League triumph in Spain against his former side Valencia.

Jonathan de Guzman also hopes to be back for the game against Sunderland after being forced to withdrawn from teh Dutch national team with a groin injury.

De Guzman said

“Over the past week, everything has gone well with the individual sessions I’ve had.

“Now we have a little break over the weekend, so I should be ready for the first training session with the group on Monday. I’m looking forward to that.”

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Lee Hurley

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