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Caulker increases Swans' concerns

Swansea have been dealt another defensive blow ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against West Brom, with Steven Caulker set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

On-loan centre-half Caulker has started all four of Swansea's Premier League games to date but damaged his cartilage after twisting his knee making a brave goal-line clearance in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal last weekend, and will return to parent club Tottenham for treatment.

A Swansea statement read: "A scan this week confirmed the injury and Caulker will return to White Hart Lane tomorrow to be assessed further by club specialists when a further update will follow.''

Swansea are already without Alan Tate, who recently broke his leg in a golf buggy accident, although captain Garry Monk could be in line for a rapid return after stepping up his return from a foot injury.

Manager Brendan Rodgers, who returned to training on Thursday following the death of his father, has also not been helped by the news that FIFA has initially denied international clearance for the signings Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche, leaving him short of options at the back.

Swansea will await official written confirmation from FIFA before considering whether to appeal the decision. A Swansea statement read: "Swansea City is disappointed with FIFA's decision and are currently pursuing other options to strengthen the squad.The club will not be making any other comment at this stage until full written clarification is received from FIFA.''

Midfielder Kemy Agustien, who had been identified as a possible solution to the defensive shortage, is also out after suffering a hamstring injury against Arsenal. But midfielder Wayne Routledge is back in training after missing out at the Emirates with an ankle problem.

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