Swansea City‘s recent revival under new boss Carlos Carvalhal has been dealt a blow with two key players set to miss the rest of the season.
Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony both suffered injuries in the Swans draw away to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday and both were confirmed by the club to be season-ending. Fer has ruptured his Achilles tendon while Bony, injured just coming on as a substitute in the game, has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
The double blow threatens Swansea’s recent revival under Carvalhal who took over from Paul Clement at the end of last year. In his short time in charge he has seen the side suffer just one defeat in nine matches and they are now unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions. The point at the King Power Stadium saw the Swans climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference and, in a congested bottom half of the Premier League table, they are just three points behind Watford who are 11th.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged Marouane Fellaini to sign a new contract as the Belgian nears the end of his current deal. The 30-year-old former Everton star, who out of contract at the end of the season, is set to miss several weeks after suffering a knee injury in United’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday. Fellaini has made 12 top-flight appearances this season but may now be sidelined until mid-March.
“I told him, ‘sign the contract and shut up’,” Mourinho said. “I told him, ‘don’t gamble too much, sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury’. “It is not an ACL, a complete rupture of any structure of the knee. “But we need him, the Champions League is arriving [United play Sevilla on 21st February] and lots of tough matches to play and probably we are going to lose him for a few weeks. Two, three, four or five, I cannot say at the moment.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that midfielder Steven Defour will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Crystal Palace forward Bakary Sako will not play again this season after suffering a serious ankle injury during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United.
Finally, away from injuries, Liverpool and Tottenham drew 2-2 in their Premier League game at Anfield in a tale of two penalties in the dying minutes. Liverpool led early through a Mohamed Salah goal only for Victor Wanyama to score with a thunderous equaliser on 80 minutes. There then followed 10 minutes of drama with Spurs missing a penalty, Salah scoring again and Harry Kane taking another penalty and scoring to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game. The result keeps Liverpool third in the table with Spurs in fifth.
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