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Former Swansea midfielder Bodde in coma

Former Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde is in an artificial coma in hospital in Holland as he battles pneumonia.

The 31-year-old is the head coach at Dutch amateur side sv Wateringse Veld, and a statement on their website read:

"Today we received the news that our head coach, Ferrie Bodde, is in hospital with pneumonia.

"To fight the bacterial infection and to prevent damage to the organs, it was decided to keep Ferrie in an artificial sleep for several days.

"We are obviously very shocked and wish him a speedy recovery."


Remy and Debuchy set to return

Loic Remy (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (groin) could return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Premier League clash with Swansea, after missing the last six games.

Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) is still some way from a return, while Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling to shake off the dead leg.

Pardew hopeful of having French duo back

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hopeful of having Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back as he attempts to end a dreadful run of form against Swansea.

Striker Remy and full-back Debuchy are both back in training after calf and groin injuries respectively, and that could represent a major boost for Pardew, whose side has lost its last four Barclays Premier League games.

It will be a big boost for us in terms of their experience at this level and their quality. It's nice to see them back.

With the World Cup not far around the corner, it's important that they get the time in now.

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Williams: Swansea are in a good position to stay up

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams believes it is "impossible to know" how many points will ultimately guarantee Barclays Premier League survival this season.

Swansea are just three points above the danger zone ahead of next Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

It is different to normal seasons as everyone is still in the mix. But we really need points.

You always look at other results. That is normal, we are like anyone.

You knew a day like Saturday was going to happen because teams are not going to keep losing every week.

That day came and we knew this would be tough, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and if you are going to be in a relegation battle I would prefer to be in our position with points on the board.

– Swansea captain Ashley Williams.
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