Monk to play through pain

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Captain Garry Monk is ready to play through the pain to aid Swansea City during their trip to Chelsea this weekend.

The Swans won their first ever Barclays Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, but now face the daunting task of a trip to Stamford Bridge.

And Monk, who has failed to recover fully from a foot problem picked up at the end of last season, is ready to be Swansea's night in shining armour for their visit to west London.

"We all know I'm not 100 per cent, but it is needs must at the moment," he said.

"We've had a difficult couple of weeks with injuries and things so we just have to try to get through it.


"If we had a fully fit squad I have to admit — and I am sure the gaffer will say the same — I probably would not have played last Saturday.

"In an ideal world I would have liked to have had two or three more weeks to recover.

"But things happen and you've got to put the team and the club first."

Injuries to Alan Tate and Steven Caulker makes Monk indispensable in the club's back four, and resources are so stretched that even Neil Taylor, who departed the victory over West Brom needing stitches is ready to declare himself available.

However, Taylor's hopes of playing against The Blues may be cut short, if the Welshman fails to return to training on Thursday or Friday.

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