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A six-pointer

5 October 2012

Laudrup realises importance of game

This week, Brian McDermott had some kind words on Reading player for Michael Laudrup - his opposite number on Saturday, and the former Danish international returned the respect to Reading and the weekend's fixture.

The Swansea boss has described this Saturday’s clash with the Royals as ‘key’ - but believes it is still far too early for anyone to be panicking in the Premier League.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid attacker has seen his side falter slightly after an excellent start to the season, but insists that nothing is decided in the opening exchanges of the top flight.

“I don’t know if it’s a must win, but of course every time you play a rival in those lower positions, you can call it a six pointer, because there’s a huge difference getting three or losing three,” he said.

“Wigan last year had six points after 12 games. It’s not how you start it’s how you finish.”

Laudrup also confirmed a few of injury concerns for City, as Ashley Williams looks to shrug off an ankle problem and illness to make what would be his 200th appearance for the Swans.

“Ashley suffered with his ankle last week, then has been sick for a couple of days as well – he’s not so lucky at the moment!

“He was in training again on Thursday but we will take a decision on Saturday. Jonathan (De Guzman) has a small problem, but Kemmy (Agustien) is back in training. Right now Kyle (Bartley) and Neil (Taylor) are the main injuries.”

Watch Michael’s full interview on Player here.

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