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Emnes targets Southampton come back

Swansea City's Marvin Emnes in action against Cardiff City last season Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City forward Marvin Emnes is set to give Swans boss Garry Monk a boost by returning to fitness in time for Saturdays Premier League clash with Southampton at the Liberty.

Emnes completed his first full 90 minutes for the U21 side in their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City on Monday night.

The Dutchman, who signed a permanent deal at the Liberty in the summer, has not featured for the first team after injuring his knee in pre-season.

The former Middlesbrough star was an unused substitute during Swansea's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on the weekend, but hopes to force his way into contention for the visit of Ronald Koeman's Saints.

Emnes told the clubs website:

It has been a long time. I was looking forward to playing games again and I now have that chance.

In pre-season I was playing well and having good training sessions, and I felt really sharp. To pick up an injury was very difficult but it's great to be back now.

When you get injured it is always disappointing, but the team is playing really well at the moment and I'm looking forward to getting back and helping my team-mates as soon as possible.

And it would be nice to be back against Southampton on Saturday

– Marvin Emnes

Swans defender Jordi Amat ruled out for 6 weeks

Jordi Amat, Swansea City Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Swansea City defender Jordi Amat has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a strained lateral ligament during Saturdays 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.

The Spaniard sustained the injury during the first half at Stamford Bridge and was replaced at half-time by Federico Fernandez.

The 22 year-old, who has started all four of Swansea's Premier League matches this season, underwent a scan on Sunday with a consultant confirming he will be ruled out until the end of October.

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Boss 'doesn't feel heat' ahead of crunch Cardiff game

Cardiff assistant boss Mark Dempsey says his boss "doesn't feel the heat". Credit: PA

Cardiff assistant boss Mark Dempsey has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to handle the stresses and strains of a Barclays Premier League relegation scrap.

Solskjaer sat out his weekly pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of a crunch clash at fellow strugglers West Brom.

Albion are currently three points and three places above Cardiff, with the Welsh club knowing they realistically require maximum points, both this weekend and against Crystal Palace in eight days' time, to ignite hopes of staying up.

"He has got lots on this morning, so I have ended up coming over. The one thing he doesn't feel is heat," Dempsey said of Solskjaer. "I think the way he has galvanised the football club, certainly in the last month, there has been a different feel around the football club.

Cardiff have just seven games left to plot a successful survival course and avoid an immediate return to the Championship .Even though they were beaten 6-3 at home by title-chasing Liverpool last weekend, there was enough quality in that performance to suggest Cardiff have a fighting chance.

"It is a massive game for both clubs," added Dempsey. "The most important thing is that we concentrate on doing our job, going out there with a focus on what we need to do to get a result.

Taylor: 'It's a must win game' for Swans

Swans defender Neil Taylor backs coach Garry Monk. Credit: PA

Swansea defender Neil Taylor has given unequivocal backing to rookie head coach Garry Monk as the Welsh club prepare for a key Barclays Premier League encounter against Norwich.

Monk has overseen a solitary win from 10 games since he was put in charge just over seven weeks ago.

Swansea go into the Canaries clash on Saturday just five points clear of relegation trouble and there is no sign whether former Swans captain Monk will keep the role beyond the season.

But Wales international Taylor has no doubt about Monk's quality as Swansea look to build on an impressive midweek draw at Arsenal.

"We definitely think he is the right man to take us forward. We are all giving our all for him," Taylor said.

"You can talk about experience, but he has got experience from three or four of the best managers around at the moment - Martinez, Rodgers and Souza. He has learnt from all of them. He has been at the club for 10 years. He knows this football club better than anyone."

Victory over visitors Norwich would give Swansea much-needed breathing space, and Taylor accepts that points are all that matter at this stage.

Swansea do not have a good record against Norwich, and Taylor knows the stakes will be high as they face a team just two points and one place above them.

"It is a must-win game," he said. "You have got to go out and do it now. It is going to go right to the wire at both ends of the table this year."

FT: Manchester United 2 - 0 Cardiff City

Van Persie celebrates with his team after scoring the club's opening goal Credit: PA Images

Cardiff City remain at the foot of the Premier League table after losing 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata enjoyed a winning start to life at Manchester United as Robin van Persie and Ashley Young scored the goals that defeated Cardiff 2-0.

Mata completed 83 minutes of his debut following his club-record £37.1million move from Chelsea.

The midfielder made an immediate impact, sparking the move that led to Van Persie's sixth-minute opener.

By then, Young had belted in an excellent second to ensure the highpoint of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Old Trafford return was the reception he received from the home fans as his side remained at the foot of the Barclays Premier League.

Craig Bellamy was booked for kicking the ball away at a disputed free-kick and Solskjaer sat slumped in his seat, growing weary, no doubt, of responding to repeated songs of affection from the home support.

Craig Noone ended a forceful run in disappointing fashion when he belted his shot over.

Mark Hudson forced a decent save out of David de Gea, who also got himself in a tangle with Evans that was fortunate to end with nothing worse than the concession of a corner.

Young provided a second goal for the hosts later in the game, cutting in from the left wing before firing into the bottom corner.

Despite their side's woes the home fans had not lost their sense of humour as a chant of "we are staying up" proved, as United secured the victory.

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HT: Manchester United 1 - 0 Cardiff City

Robin Van Persie celebrates scoring his side's opening goal Credit: PA Images

It's half-time at Old Trafford and Cardiff City are trailing by a goal.

United fans welcomed back Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his return to his old club.

Robin Van Persie's header into the top left corner gave the hosts an early lead in the 6th minute.

Solskjaer received a warm welcome at Old Trafford Credit: PA Images

FT: Swansea City 1 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with team-mate Danny Rose Credit: PA Images

Swansea have been beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium.

Spurs' Emmanuel Adebayor put them ahead with a header in the first-half.

Swansea's Chico Flores scored an own goal in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Adebayor then made it 3-0 with his second goal of the match in the 71st minute.

Wilfried Bony, who hit the bar, pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go but Swansea could not get any closer as Spurs remained unbeaten in the Premier League under Tim Sherwood since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas.

The side who now fall to 15th place in the Premier League table.

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