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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

Welsh Liberal Democrats: 'vow' doesn't mean unfair funding for Wales

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have dismissed claims that the vow taken by the UK leaders will lead to unfair funding for Wales.

Leader, Kirsty Williams has hit out at claims by Plaid Cymru that the Barnett formula would not be reformed.

The fact that Wales is badly funded under the current form of Barnett is well-known by now.

There is absolutely nothing in the commitment made by the UK party leaders today that jeopardises the fight for fair funding for Wales – in fact, it specifically mentions the need to fairly fund all of the UK’s nations.

The events of the past few months have shown to me the need for all parties to work together and decide where Wales stands inside a reformed UK.

– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader


Welsh Labour: "current settlement unfair to Wales"

The Welsh Labour party have responded to criticism from Plaid Cymru over UK government funding to Wales.

The party have also called the 'vow' to give "extensive new powers" to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote as "unfair" to Wales.

Our position is clear – the current settlement is unfair to Wales and must be reformed. Ed Miliband said he recognised this and would seek to address the fair funding issue in a future Labour Government.

Plaid Cymru conveniently forget that under the previous Labour Government, the Welsh block grant doubled.

The real question for Plaid Cymru to answer, given their core aim of Welsh independence, is how they would fill the £12bn black hole in our public finances?

– Welsh Labour spokesperson

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.


Police appeal after gay man blinded by petrol attack

Police in Swansea are appealing for witnesses to an assault where petrol was thrown into the eye of a man walking home late at night.

Tyler Maddick says the petrol attack has left him blind in one eye. Credit: ITV News

Police say the hate attack happened at Pentregethin Road in Gendros on Thursday 11th September. The incident happened at 11.10pm when Tyler Maddick was walking home to Penlan after a night out in the city centre.

As he approached a mini roundabout at the junction with Conway Road, a car drew level with him and police say an unknown liquid was thrown from the vehicle into his face.

The car is described as being small, similar in shape to a Toyota Yaris or a Renault Clio, and a dark colour. It is believed there were three or four people inside the car.

The man attended Morriston Hospital on Friday morning. Mr Maddick, a photographer, told ITV Wales News he had previously lost 90 per cent of his vision in one eye due to an infection and the attack had now left him permanently blind in one eye.

Detective Inspector Mark Kavanagh of Swansea Central Police Station said, "This is an unusual incident and we are appealing to anyone who saw a car matching this description in the area on Thursday night to contact police. It is being investigated as a hate crime and the victim is being offered all the necessary support after what is obviously a distressing incident for him.”

FT: Chelsea 4 - 2 Swansea City

It's full-time at Stamford Bridge and the Swans were defeated 4 - 2 by Chelsea. Another goal from the Swans came from Jonjo Shelvey in the second half.

HT: Chelsea 1 - 1 Swansea City

At half time Swansea City and Chelsea are currently level. Chelsea captain John Terry scored an early own goal which was then equalised by Diego Costa.

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