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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

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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.

Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens let off speeding after needing toilet

Nigel Owens is Wales' top official Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

International World Cup referee Nigel Owens has escaped penalty points for speeding after telling how he was dashing to the toilet while driving on the motorway.

43 year-old Owens, Wales' top rugby official, was clocked breaking the speed limit in his BMW while on the way to a rugby match in Pontypridd on Boxing Day last year.

Although he told a court he put his foot down on the M4 motorway because he urgently needed the toilet.

Magistrates agreed it was an emergency - and spared him penalty points on his driving licence.

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Gleision: The Mine Owners' Story

Rescue workers at the Gleision Colliery, 2011 Credit: PA / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Seven years ago, coal haulier Gerald Ward took over a mine in the Swansea Valley. Little did he realise that the Gleision would eventually see him at the centre of worldwide media attention.

Gerald and his sister Maria Seage are partners in MNS Mining, the company found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following the deaths of four miners who died at the Gleision three years ago today.

Gerald and Maria have maintained a dignified silence throughout those three years, but tonight they talk exclusively to ITV Wales about their battle to get the mine up and running and the disastrous events of September 15th 2011.

Maria Seage, MNS Mining Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Maria says the loss of four men down a mine she owns haunts her constantly.

Honestly it's a struggle everyday, it's a struggle getting through the day.

– Maria Seage, MNS Mining

Gerald explains that when one of the colliers on that day ran to the surface shouting there was water everywhere, everything was flooded, he went down on his knees and prayed.

Gerald Ward, MNS Mining Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

We was all there one minute and then four of the boys have gone... it was devastating.

– Gerald Ward, MNS Mining

Tonight, in the first of two programmes revealing the inside story of Gleision - the convicted conman who promised to invest in the mine, the coal haulier who found himself out of his depth and the big sister who came to the rescue, spending a small fortune on a pit which ultimately claimed the lives of four local men.

Wales This Week, Gleision - The Inside Story. Tonight at 8pm, ITV Wales

Welsh mother speaks of grief after son is killed by shark

Paul Wilcox is reported to have emigrated to Australia almost 30 years ago Credit: LinkedIn

The mother of a man killed by a shark in Australia said she spoke to him just hours before. Paul Wilcox, 50 was attacked by what is believed to have been a Great White as he swam around 15 metres from shore in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Marie Wilcox who lives in Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr said she had joked with him about sharks just before he went swimming. His wife, Victoria, was on the beach and saw the attack happen.

Paul was pulled from the water by the New South Wales lifeguards but they were unable to save him.

He rang at 11.30am on Monday. I asked him what were his plans and he said ‘I do my swim first and Victoria runs along the beach’. Paul would not swim out far but he just loved the blue sea.

– Maria Wilcox
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