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The defender is keen for the Swans captain, who last played on September 22, to make a speedy recovery after the team lost three of the last four games in his absence

Swansea City defender Angel Rangel is desperate for club captain Ashley Williams to return to full fitness as soon as possible.

Williams has not played since the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on September 22 and without the centre-back Swansea have struggled, losing three of their last four matches.

And Rangel has his fingers crossed that the Wales international, who has only missed two matches in the last two Premier League seasons, makes a speedy return.

Rangel told the South Wales Evening Post: "Ash is an important player for us. He has been a consistent and regular player for us week in, week out.

"He will be fit when we come back. How many Premier League games did he play in a row without a rest?

"Ash has not had many injuries. Hopefully he will get back to full fitness, get back in the team and help us."

Williams has been replaced by 21-year-old defender Jordi Amat, who has formed a partnership at the back with fellow Spaniard Chico Flores.

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