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Swansea won't be safe before season's end - Clement

Paul Clement has led the Swansea revival but still has work to do to beat the drop Credit: PA

Top scorer Fernando Llorente has boosted Swansea as boss Paul Clement insists there is no need to panic following their Premier League setback at Hull.

Swansea's six-point buffer at the bottom was cut in half by their 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Hull last weekend, a game in which 11-goal Llorente was forced off before half-time with a dead leg.

But Spain striker Llorente has been declared fit to take on another relegation rival Bournemouth this Saturday.

Swansea's defeat at Hull was the first real setback of Clement's reign, with his only previous defeats coming against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Bottom half teams Burnley, Crystal Palace and Leicester have all been beaten since Clement was appointed at the start of January, as well as Liverpool and Southampton.

And the boss feels the fight against relegation will run all the way to the end of the season, with plenty of movement around the bottom of the table before then.

We were nowhere near safe before the game and we're nowhere near safe after the game. It's more than likely that we will not be safe before the end of the season.

We have done very well against teams through January and in to February.

Clearly we're very disappointed after Hull, not necessarily we lost the game but that we allowed a team below us to get closer to us.

It was a big result for them on an occasion when there was a lot of pressure on the game, particularly for them being six points behind us.

There's going to be a lot of movement with 10 weeks to go. But we've reflected on the defeat at Hull, and it was very clear where we hadn't done as well as we had in recent games.

We have done really well over the last eight to nine weeks, and we don't need to panic if we can get back to our level of performance.

– Paul Clement


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Swansea winger ruled out for remainder of season

Swansea winger Nathan Dyer will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his left ankle during Sunday's Premier League match against Leicester.

Dyer ruptured his Achilles tendon in his left ankle. Credit: PA

Dyer played the first seven minutes against the Premier League champions before limping off, and a scan on Monday confirmed the extent of the injury.

The 29-year-old, who earned a Premier League winner's medal with the Foxes last season, will now need surgery, the Welsh club announced on their official website.

Dyer had featured heavily during Paul Clement's reign, making a total of five appearances having missed the earlier part of the domestic campaign with an ankle problem

His injury means Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Routledge, and January signings Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew, will provide options for Clement out wide.

Jefferson Montero is edging closer to a return to action with the Ecuador winger currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Dyer, who first arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Southampton in 2009, signed a new four-year contract with the club in the summer.

During his time with the Swans, Dyer has helped the Welsh club secure promotion to the Premier League and played an integral role in Swansea's Capital One Cup triumph over Bradford in 2013 - the first major trophy in the club's history.

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