Belfast Telegraph

Vorm set for Swansea return

Swansea will have goalkeeper Michel Vorm available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Wigan but midfielder Kemy Agustien is set for a longer than expected spell on the sidelines.

Vorm missed last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Stoke due to a virus, and he was also forced to sit out Holland's friendly win over England at Wembley. But Brendan Rodgers says the former FC Utrecht keeper, who has proved to be one of the signings of the season since his arrival last summer, should be fit to face the Latics at the DW Stadium.

The Swans boss said: "He is back in training, there has been a virus that has swept around a few of the players but Michel has been back in training and it's great to see him back in again. Michel has been brilliant this season, he is a great guy, a top performer at this level."

He added: "I really enjoy working with him, he is in love with his football and you can see that in his performance level and focus in games.

"It was a difficult for Gerhard Tremmel to come in last week and most of what he had to deal with he dealt with well, but in Michel Vorm you have one of the best performers in the Premier League so it's good to have him back."

But the news is not so good on Vorm's compatriot Agustien, who has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season due to the early-season form of Mark Gower and the recent loan signings of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Josh McEachran.

The 25-year-old underwent ankle surgery earlier this week and had been set to be sidelined for three to five weeks, but Rodgers confirmed the Dutchman will be out for longer, meaning he could miss the majority of Swansea's run-in.

Rodgers said: "He has had the operation and once the surgeon looked in there he had a few more issues than we first anticipated so it looks like he will be out longer than what we hoped.

"He has has been an important member of the squad, Kemy has been fantastic when he has been asked to play and had consistency in his training and he gives us that physical presence. It's a blow for him and for us as well."

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