Swansea City’s injury woes have been worsened following the news that club captain Angel Rangel will miss six weeks with a groin issue.
Rangel has been pictured on social media recovering from a Monday procedure at a hospital in London.
The Swans are already without Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony for the season, while Renato Sanches will be missing for a month with a hamstring injury.
Leon Britton has also been struggling with his own groin problem, and the loss of another experienced head in Rangel is not the news boss Carlos Carvalhal would have wanted.
With Rangel out, there may be more opportunities for academy product Connor Roberts to make his mark in the playing squad.
Rangel has made just three Premier League appearances this term but is a loyal servant having been at the club since a 2007 move from Spanish club Terrassa.
The next fixture the Spanish defender could be in contention for is the away clash against Manchester United at the end of March.
The club captain is a popular figure at the Liberty Stadium due to his playing achievements and charitable character off the field.
His contract is due to expire at the end of the season but the South Wales club are expected to retain him in some capacity, whether a playing or coaching role.
Swansea have improved drastically under Carvalhal and now sit outside the relegation zone following a bleak start to the season.
Rangel has been in place as club captain since Britton was placed within Swansea’s coaching setup last year.
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