Swans struck by defensive injuries

30th June 2020
First team
Ben Wilmot Millwall

Steve Cooper was left to rue Swansea City’s misfortune after suffering injuries to centre-halves Joe Rodon and Ben Wilmot in quick succession.

Speaking after the draw at Millwall, head coach Cooper confirmed Wales international Rodon looks set to miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering an ankle injury in training on Sunday.

Wilmot had to come off late on at the Den after appearing to pick up a knee injury.

Cooper said it was too early to determine the severity of the on-loan Watford defender’s problem, but acknowledged the timing is far from ideal with Mike van der Hoorn also building back to full fitness after an injury lay-off of his own.

“Joe suffered a training injury on Sunday, it has more or less ruled him out for the season given there are only three weeks remaining,” said Cooper.

“We might get him back right at the end, but he does not have long to recover.

Joe Rodon training

“It’s not a recurrence of a previous injury, it’s a completely fresh injury and it’s really bad luck for him and us as we were looking forward to getting him back.

“It was a complete accident, there was nothing anyone could do about it. It’s tough on him, and on us, as he has suffered with injuries the last couple of years.

“So, if you are going to pick up an injury today, the last position you want it at is centre-back.

“We are not sure of the extent of Ben’s injury as yet, he is limping around at the moment.

“We will have to see how the next day or two goes, what it looks like and whether he will be injured, but it did not look too good.”