Football - Laudrup: Swans must cope with Michu absence

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has told his side they need to prove they can function without Michu when they face Fulham.

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The Spaniard has netted 13 Premier League goals since his summer arrival for £2million from Rayo Vallecano, almost 50 per cent of Swansea's 27-goal tally at the halfway stage of the season.

By contrast, Danny Graham, Luke Moore and Itay Shechter - Laudrup's other striking options - have managed just one league goal between them so far this term.

Laudrup admits the Swans will miss Michu as he sits out the Craven Cottage clash due to the knee injury he suffered at Reading, but knows they have to find ways to perform without him.

The Dane said: "I think in a few days he could be ready but obviously for the game he is ruled out.

"But I hope with some good work from our physios he can be back on Tuesday (against Aston Villa). If not he will be back for the week after when we have three games in six days.

"To say you don't miss your top scorer would be a lie but you can't count on one player for the whole season without him getting injured or suspended.

"I think he has played 10 or 11 games on four yellow cards. But now he is injured and out of the game."

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