Swansea recall Lita from Birmingham loan

The Swans have called the striker back to undergo rehabilitation on a thigh problem, while Michael Laudrup has confirmed Ki Sung-Yeung will be out for up to two weeks
Swansea have recalled striker Leroy Lita from his loan spell at Birmingham City, after aggravating a recurrent thigh problem, with both sides agreeing that the rehabilitation should be undertaken at the player's parent club.

The 27-year-old joined the Blues on a three-month emergency loan in September but his time at the club has been cut short in order for the forward to recover from the injury. However, both clubs are open to the idea of the striker returning to Birmingham in the future.

Swansea stated on their official website: "Lita has been struggling with a nagging thigh injury and, with his three-month loan spell due to end in mid-December, both clubs agreed to the striker returning to Swansea for his rehabilitation.

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"While both clubs are disappointed that the loan has been cut short, they have not ruled out the possibility of Lita returning to St Andrews for another loan spell in the future."

Manager Michael Laudrup has also confirmed that club record signing Ki Sung-Yeung will be sidelined for up to 10 days and will not be available for their trip to Newcastle, after a scan revealed the player sustained a hamstring tear in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

"It's bad news but it's part of football. When it is only one or two weeks it is not too bad," Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post.

"With the experiences we have had this season with Neil [Taylor] and Kyle [Bartley], it's not that much.

"It's looking like maybe one or two games but we have to live with that. It gives chances to other people.

"Garry Monk has just played two and a bit games so that's why we say people have to be ready because suddenly you can be needed.

"With the number of games we play, you have to be ready."