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Selection headache for Laudrup ahead of Newcastle

Swansea City defender Gary Monk has impressed since his return to the side Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Swansea City will be without influential midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League this weekend.

The South Korean is suffering from a hamstring injury picked up during the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

The 23 year-old, former Celtic player, has been ruled out for 10 days after a scan revealed the extent of the injury on Monday.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup can call on the services of Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien to replace Ki. Although the recent form of Itay Shechter off the bench could mean a first start for the on-loan Israeli striker with top scorer Michu slotting back into an advanced midfield role.

Striker Danny Graham is also fit after a back injury ruled him out of the Southampton trip, while goal hero from that match, Nathan Dyer, is also pushing for a recall to the starting line up.

Defender Chico Flores is also hoping he's fit to face the Toon. The former Spanish under 21 international has been sidelined for two weeks due to a dead leg suffered in Swansea's 3-1 Capital One cup victory over Liverpool.

Club captain Gary Monk has replaced the injured Flores and has been widely praised for his performances partnering Ashley Williams in the heart of the Swans defence.

Flores told the clubs official website:

I'm still feeling a bit of pain, but it has improved a lot.

I am hoping to return to full training on Thursday to see how it reacts.

Like all players, I want to play week-in, week-out, and I am not the type of person who likes to leave the field with an injury. But I just couldn't carry on at Liverpool; it was too bad.

I thought I would recover after three or four days, but it just got worse and has dragged on.

It was particularly disappointing because I thought I was at a good level after coming back from suspension. I was feeling comfortable on the pitch and with the team.

The injury is a blow, but I hope to be fit and performing well again soon, hopefully at Newcastle on Saturday.

– Chico Flores, Swansea City defender