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Bob Bradley believes Brian Flynn's return can boost Swansea

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Bob Bradley feels former Swansea manager Brian Flynn has a key role to play in the January transfer window after rejoining the club as a scout.

Flynn saved Swansea from dropping out of the Football League on the final day of the 2002-03 season and returns to his native south Wales having worked as a scout at Everton for two years while Roberto Martinez was in charge at Goodison Park.

The 61-year-old developed a reputation as a star-spotter when he was in charge of Wales' youth sides between 2004 and 2012 - helping to produce the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen - and Bradley believes Flynn's knowledge will serve Swansea well as they attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Brian played a real important role here with some of the real success that has taken place.

His eye for talent has paid off in the past. So when we talk about recruitment, it starts with people who can spot talent. Brian's track record in that regard at Swansea is special, as is his experience as a manager.

So I'm looking forward to working with him, but it is fantastic for all of us to have a football man like that as we try to move things forward.

– Bob Bradley, Swansea City Manager

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Real Madrid say Bale has had successful ankle surgery

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Gareth Bale has successfully undergone surgery on his damaged ankle in London, Real Madrid have announced.

Bale went under the knife at the King Edward VII Hospital to repair the peroneal tendon injury he sustained during Real's Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon last week.

READ MORE: Real Madrid winger Bale suffers ankle injury

Real have not said how long they expect the Wales international to be sidelined for but media reports have suggested he could be out for up to three months.

Wales' next scheduled match is the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on March 24.

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