Joe Rodon

Joe Rodon in contention for selection at Stoke

23rd January 2020
First team

Joe Rodon is in contention for selection for Swansea City’s weekend trip to Stoke, head coach Steve Cooper has confirmed.

Defender Rodon, 21, has been sidelined since October having undergone surgery on an injury to an ankle tendon.

But he has progressed well in his recovery, and returned to full training with the rest of the first-team squad this week.

And Cooper says the Wales international is under consideration for Saturday’s clash against the Potters.

“Joe is back in full training and in contention for the weekend,” said the Swans boss.

“That’s a real big plus to see him back, and for him to have come back so fit.

“He has really hit the ground running if I am honest, in terms of training. We have been really pleased with him.

“It’s brilliant for us. Joe had an outstanding first part of the season with us before suffering his injury.

“He has been a real credit to himself in terms of how he has handled himself.

“We train at a real intensity and it can take time to getting back to handling that, but he has slotted back in as if he has never been away.”

Charlton Mike van der Hoorn

Rodon’s fellow defender Mike van der Hoorn remains sidelined with a knee problem, and Cooper confirmed the Dutchman will see a specialist to get a definitive picture of the nature of the injury and a recovery schedule.

Winger, Jordon Garrick, meanwhile is also back in training after a hamstring problem, but this weekend’s game will come too soon for him.

“Mike is still out and seeing a specialist today, so hopefully things will become a bit clearer in terms of return dates,” said Cooper.

“It is still a bit up in the air in terms of how long that is, but he certainly won’t be available this weekend or for the next few weeks.

“We need to get a better picture which is just taking a bit of time because of the settling down of the injury.

“Jordon was back on the grass today, which is good. He is a little behind Joe in terms of full training but he is with us.”