Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm looks set to miss “four to six weeks” of first-team football after suffering a groin injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, according to manager Michael Laudrup.
The 29-year-old was stretchered off halfway through the second half after over-extending himself while attempting to save a shot from Carlos Tevez.
"It’s his groin, we’re talking weeks [before he can return], four to six weeks,” Laudrup told reporters after the game.
“It’s a part of football and even if it’s early in the season, that’s what can happen.
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“There are a lot of games and it means everyone has to be ready and suddenly Gerhard [Tremmel] has to be ready to start against Liverpool and Chelsea."
News of Vorm’s setback will add to Swansea’s already mounting injury woes with Kyle Bartley not expected to recover from his thigh problem until late November and Neil Taylor sidelined for the foreseeable with a broken ankle.
Laudrup’s men travel face Liverpool in the League Cup fourth round in midweek, and the Dutch manager is aware that a number of changes will needed to be made.
"I have to make two changes, one is Michel [Vorm] and the other is Angel [Rangel] who got the fifth yellow card. That was really something special, he had a free kick against [him for simulation].
“If that was diving then we have invented a new form of diving today, and I have to ask Angel how he learnt that because that was really something.
“The referees do what they can, they have good days and bad days, they have to do it [make a decision] in a split second."