Ethan Laird injured in Swansea defeat against James Garner's Forest

Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird could face a period on the side-lines after sustaining a thigh injury in Swansea City’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The marauding wing-back was taken off on the stroke of half-time at the clash at the Liberty Stadium, which Forest went on to win 4-1.

Speaking after yesterday’s Championship clash, Swans boss Russell Martin told the club’s official website that he was unsure on Laird’s upcoming availability and felt it was too soon to put a timescale on his return.

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When speaking on Laird, the former MK Dons manager was also giving an update on Kyle Naughton’s availability.

Martin said: “We lost a big part of our team in Kyle. He’ll be back early next week, but I’m not sure on Laird,” said Martin.

“Ethan was a loss when he came off, but Joel Latibeaudiere is learning a new position.

“We’ve had to shuffle the pack a lot. We got into a good rhythm in terms of team selection, but that’s not been the case recently.”

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Despite only being on the pitch for half of the game, no player won more aerial duels than Laird (3).

Garner continues to shine

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Making his fourth straight Championship start, Garner looks to have re-established himself as a key part of Steve Cooper’s side.

Now only four points off the play-off places, Forest continue to go from strength-to-strength, under the former Swans manager.

Earlier this month, Cooper felt that Garner was in a ‘good moment’ after ‘fighting to get in the team’.

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No player completed more dribbles than the England under-21 international (2), in the clash between the two Manchester United loanees.

Let’s hope Ethan Laird, one of the Championship’s top dribblers, makes a swift return to action and can play a starring role in inspiring the Swansea side to compete with Garner’s Forest for a potential play-off spot.

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