Vorm to return for Swans
Swansea will welcome Michel Vorm back for Saturday's game against Wigan - but the news is not so good for Kemy Agustien.
Last Updated: 01/03/12 6:04pm
Swansea will welcome back Michel Vorm for Saturday's game against Wigan - but Kemy Agustien looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
Goalkeeper Vorm missed the 2-0 defeat by Stoke last Sunday due to a virus, and he was also forced to sit out Holland's friendly win over England on Wednesday night as well.
However the former FC Utrecht player is now back in training ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at the DW Stadium.
"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," Swansea manager Brendan Rogers said.
"Michel has been brilliant this season, he is a great guy, a top performer at this level.
"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 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."
The news, however, is not so good for midfielder Agustien, who underwent ankle surgery at the start of the week.
The 25-year-old was originally thought to be out for three to five weeks, but Rodgers now expects the Dutchman to be missing for much longer.
He 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 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."
Although Swansea currently sit 10 points above bottom club Wigan, who have won just once at home this season, Rodgers knows his side still have plenty of work to do if they are to maintain their top-flight status.
The fixture will also see the Welsh club come up against former boss Roberto Martinez, a man the current Swansea chief has plenty of praise for.
"We are not jumping the gun, people are saying we are safe with 12 games to go but we have a lot of work to do and we need to make sure we keep collecting points," Rodgers said.
"Roberto has done a terrific job over the last few seasons.
"They have gone through a run where they couldn't win games but he has remained positive and this will be one of the most difficult games we have had.
"They are fighting for their lives, as are we.
"Everyone is fighting for their place. Wigan will know if they are to have a chance they have to win their home games and they will see every game as an opportunity to do that, but we go there with confidence and I believe we can go to any ground and win."