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Rodgers rocked by bizarre Tate injury

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers was feeling upbeat after his Premier League new boys held Sunderland to a scoreless draw at home on Saturday, but his mood darkened yesterday.

The Carnlough man learned that his defender Alan Tate has been ruled out for up to six months after breaking hi s leg in what the club described as a “bizarre golfing accident”.

Tate was a passenger in a golf buggy at Gower Golf Club near Swansea yesterday when the buggy “lost control”, Swansea said. No other players were involved in the incident.

The 28-year-old former Manchester United trainee had his leg trapped between the buggy and a tree, Rodgers said.

Tate, described as a “very good golfer” by Rodgers, was diagnosed with a broken tibia of his left leg after being taken to Morriston Hospital by ambulance.

“We're really, really gutted for him and he's obviously very disappointed,” Rodgers said. “It was probably as low as I've heard him.

“He's a very upbeat character so for him to be injured will be difficult because I've never known him miss one day's training.

“To be out for up to six months with what's happened will be absolutely devastating.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Aston Villa were also held to a 0-0 draw at home by battling Wolves.

At Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers were stunned by an injury-time penalty from Mikel Arteta that sealed a 1-0 win for Everton.

Wigan extended their best start to a Premier League season to three unbeaten games as Franco Di Santo's brace gave them victory over QPR. “It’s important to get that first win,” said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

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