Today's media round-up
29th July 2013
With Swans's Europa League opener this week, the media focus is firmly on the Malmo tie.
The Swedish side have been dealt a double injury blow from their latest league match while Michael Laudrup has given his thoughts ahead of the game.
Another Swan involved in Europe - St Johnstone's on-loan Gwion Edwards - talks about a potential head-to-head clash between his parent and loanee club.
And Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff has hailed the Swans' quality following the friendly match between the clubs last Saturday.
Malmo suffer double blow after defeat
Malmo suffered a double blow ahead of their Europa League showdown with Swansea City.
Central defender Erik Johansson is a doubt for Thursday's third qualifying round clash at the Liberty Stadium after limping off in the first half against Gefle on Sunday night with a foot injury.
And the Swedish high-fliers had their morale dented by slumping to a shock 2-0 league defeat to end their six-game unbeaten run.
Malmo captain Jiloan Hamad said: "We're in a tough period with a tight schedule at the moment and it showed. We didn't have the strength.
"We just have to suck it up and dig in. We have to accept and move on.
"We have a couple of important days ahead. First we need some rest, then regroup and prepare for Swansea."
There was better news as defender Filip Helander returned following a six-week lay-off after a knee injury.
South Wales Evening Post
Swansea City are in shape for Euro trip
Malmo's thrashing of Hibernian raised eyebrows at Swansea City but, it seems, no great concerns.
Michael Laudrup has noted the Swedish demolition job, and accepts that Swansea might have had it easier as they prepare for a first European tie in more than 20 years.
But unlike his counterpart at Hibs, Pat Fenlon, Laudrup has no plans to be left apologising to his club's fans after a Europa League encounter with the Swedes.
Malmo's 7-0 triumph at Easter Road last Thursday - which meant a 9-0 aggregate drubbing of the Scottish Premier League side overall - has triggered some worries among Swansea's support as they ready themselves for a trip into the unknown.
But the man who knows more than anyone at the Liberty about European competition is reassuringly unruffled.
"It could all be over in a week," he accepted when the prospect was suggested, "but I believe in my squad and I feel we have enough quality to go through to the next round.
"It will be a difficult opponent at this stage. I said when I saw the third qualification round draw that I liked it because we don't have to travel far.
"But we're playing a team who is near the top of the table in their mid-season so they will be match-fit and have just scored nine goals against Hibs.
"But from what I've seen from my side in pre-season, I'm confident that we can go through."
Gwion Edwards dreaming of reunion with Swansea
Swansea City loan star Gwion Edwards would love to see St Johnstone progress to the group stages of the Europa League and meet his parent club.
The Welsh winger revealed he was bombarded with congratulatory text messages from his Swans team-mates after they spotted Saints had sent the fancied Norwegians packing.
After getting a run-out in the 1-0 friendly defeat from League Two side Morecambe at McDiarmid Park, Edwards said: "I got a few messages from the Swansea boys and coaches saying well done after we put out Rosenborg.
"I had texts from the likes of Ben Davies. I came through the youth team with him. They are looking forward to their own game against Malmo on Thursday when we play Minsk.
"But they were impressed with our results and thought it was a good achievement beating Rosenborg. They are a big club who have played in the Champions League. For us to beat them and go through is a massive achievement and they appreciate that.
"One or two have said 'imagine if we come against you'. You never know what can happen.
"Maybe it could happen in the group stages if we can get there but we have to get past Minsk.
"I don't think I will be able to play against Swansea if we both get through. I would have to check the small print ion the loan deal. I'm not sure Swansea would let me play against them.
"It would be great if we did face Swansea. But really we're just looking to push on after putting out Rosenborg."
Swansea taught us a lesson says McAnuff
Jobi McAnuff admits Reading were given a bit of a lesson by Swansea during Saturday's 3-0 defeat.
Goals from Michu, Jonjo Shelvey and Pablo Hernandez gave Michael Laudrup's side a comfortable win at Madejski Stadium.
It was the second successive pre-season defeat for Reading and skipper McAnuff accepts they were well beaten.
"They were by far the better team," he said. "For us we need to learn from them. They play the way that we're looking to go.
"We're under no illusions, it's very much a work in progress for us.
"They do it as well as anybody we came across last year and from our point of view there are things to learn."