Swansea City beat St Gallen

Swansea City claimed a 1-0 win against Swiss side St Gallen in their second Europa League group game.

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Michu wears shirt bought from club shop at half-time

Michu spent more than eight minutes off the pitch after cutting his head. Credit: PA

Swansea's Spanish star Michu was still centre of attention, despite not getting on the scoresheet against St Gallen, after suffering a cut to his head and requiring five shirts during last night's match.

At half-time a member of Swansea's staff was sent to the club shop to retrieve a shirt with his name and number on the back.

It all started when Michu ducked into the boot of St Gallen's Stephane Besle, a challenge which could have given Swansea a penalty.

Michu got to his feet with blood streaming from a cut, and efforts to stem the flow with a bandage failed.

Vaseline was eventually smeared in his hair, but the forward was prevented from returning to the field as blood seeped onto his changed shirt, before a clean numberless jersey was found.

Swansea were down to 10 men for more than eight minutes while this was all happening on the far touchline.

Wearing a new shirt from the club shop in the second half, that too good blood on it, and a fifth and final shirt was found.

Michael Laudrup said: "We did not know how bad it was, because he was on the other side of the field. But it shows he just wants to play, he is very important for the other players when he is in there. He had some stitches at half-time. I don't know how many."

When asked about the dash to the club shop for a new shirt, Laudrup joked: "Wasn't it closed?"

Laudrup pleased with Swansea winning ugly

Alejandro Pozuelo and Wayne Routledge celebrate the game's only goal. Credit: PA

Michael Laudrup was pleased his Swansea City side had proved they can win ugly - after a scrappy 1-0 victory over St Gallen last night.

Wayne Routledge got the goal early in the second half, meaning Swansea have two wins from two in the Europa League group stages.

The game was also marked by Spanish striker Michu having to leave the pitch for a long time, after cutting his head.

He needed five different shirts during the game.

"I am pleased with the win," Laudrup said. "It was probably not one of our best games but in Europe games are tight and it is always difficult."

"The most positive thing is I don't remember the last time we managed to win when not playing well. Normally we have to play well to win, but tonight we didn't, although we had good moments."


Swansea make four changes for St Gallen clash

Wilfried Bony scored against Valencia in Swansea's first Europa League group game, and starts tonight. Credit: PA

There are four changes to the Swansea City team to face St Gallen in the Europa League tonight.

Gerhard Tremmel starts in goal, with Leon Britton captaining the side in midfield, Alejandro Pozuelo returning and Wilfried Bony starting up front.

Swansea team to face St Gallen: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Amat, Davies; Britton, de Guzman, Michu, Routledge, Pozuelo; Bony.

Kick off is at 8.05pm - the match is live on ITV4

Swansea look to continue strong European start

Michu was on target for Swansea against Valencia in their last European game. Credit: PA

Swansea City will look to continue a thrilling starting to their European campaign, when they host St Gallen tonight.

Swansea are top of Europa League Group A, after beating Spanish giants Valencia 3-0 a fortnight ago.

That came after 6-3 and 4-0 aggregate wins for Michael Laudrup's side in the qualifying rounds.

The Swiss side visit the Liberty Stadium having also won their opening fixture, against Kuban Krasnodar.

Swansea without Ashley Williams for St Gallen clash

Swansea City will be without captain Ashley Williams for tomorrow night's Europa League meeting with Swiss side St Gallen, after manager Michael Laudrup confirmed he has failed to recover from an ankle problem.

The Dane also added further pressure on national boss Chris Coleman to not pick Williams for the upcoming games against Macedonia and Belgium.

Williams was absent as the Swans trained this afternoon.

Laudrup believes he needs time to on the sidelines - but fears it's something he might not get.


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