Today's media round-up

1st October 2013

With St Gallen up next for the Swans, the focus is now firmly on Thursday's Europa League tie at the Liberty.
Danish legend Peter Schmeichel feels Michael Laudrup's side are capable of making a huge impact in the competition following their opening win in Valencia.
And Laudrup could be handed a selection boost with the possible return of Spanish international Pablo Hernandez following a hamstring problem.
Michel Vorm, meanwhile, believes the competition can play a part in the Swans' continued development on the pitch.

BBC Sport
Schmeichel backs Swans to 'go a long way'

Swansea City are good enough to go a "long way" in the Europa League under Michael Laudrup, says his former Denmark team-mate Peter Schmeichel.

The ex-Manchester United goalkeeper believes the Swans are as good as Fulham, who reached the final in 2010.

Swansea marked their debut in the Europa League group stages with a 3-0 win in Valencia, and next face St Gallen at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday.

"It's in the cup competitions that Swansea really can make a mark," said Schmeichel.

"Fulham went all the way to the final and to be honest I don't see that much difference between Fulham and Swansea in terms of where they belong in the football hierarchy, if you like.

"There's every chance that Swansea can go a long way in this competition."

South Wales Evening Post
Vorm: Europa League is helping Swans grow

Michel Vorm insists Swansea City's European adventure will help them progress as a team and a club.

Michael Laudrup's men return to Europa League action when Swiss side St Gallen visit the Liberty on Thursday.

Though Swansea have shone in the competition so far, some have suggested the extra workload has affected their top-flight form.

But Vorm refuses to complain about the demands of a tournament that he believes can take Swansea to the next level.

"We have a few injuries which is disappointing, but we have coped quite well and I don't think we feel tired," said the Swansea goalkeeper. "If we want to grow as a team and a club we want to play in Europe.

"We have to make sure we are fit to play all those games."

South Wales Evening Post
Hernandez's fitness hope ahead of St Gallen game

Swansea City have fingers crossed that Pablo Hernandez will return to action when Swansea City host St Gallen in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Spanish international winger has not featured since inspiring Swansea to victory at West Brom on September 1 because of a thigh injury.

But Hernandez returned to training last week and, if all goes to plan, he could play some part as Swansea go in search of their second Group A win.

"Pablo has been training for five days or so," said boss Michael Laudrup.

"Hopefully, he should be more or less ready to go back in with the group this week and he will come back into contention."

While Hernandez is on his way back to fitness, Swansea are sweating over fellow wideman Roland Lamah.

The Belgian injured a toe during last week's Capital One Cup tie at Birmingham, and Swansea are still assessing the extent of the problem.