Ankle ligament injury to keep Liberty Stadium star out of Capital One Cup final.
Swansea City defender Chico Flores is “very unlikely” to play in the club’s first major final with an ankle ligament injury expected to keep him out of the Capital One Cup final at Wembley in two weeks time.
Flores was stretched off in the first-half of Swansea City’s 4-1 Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and the Spanish centre-back has been diagnosed with rupturing ligaments in his right ankle.
And the 25-year-old Spaniard is now set for Wembley heartache with the Liberty Stadium club not expecting the defender to be fit enough to face League Two side Bradford City in the final on February 24, which will be Swansea’s first-ever domestic final appearance.
“It’s difficult at the moment to assess how long he will be out because we need the swelling to go down first,” said Swansea’s head physio Kate Rees told the club’s official website. “But he is very unlikely to make the cup final.”
Flores has been a revelation since arriving at Swansea City in the summer from Genoa, forming an impressive partnership with Ashley Williams at the heart of the defence and ensuring Steven Caulker’s departure back to Tottenham did not cause any problems.
He teamed up with new Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup once again when signed for £2million from Italian outfit Genoa and joined compatriots Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel at the Liberty Stadium.