Swansea defender Chico Flores hopes to return from injury in time to feature in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Newcastle.

The Spaniard missed the draws with Chelsea and Southampton after picking up a dead leg in the Capital One Cup victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

Flores may have to wait to reclaim his place in Michael Laudrup's starting line-up with club captain Garry Monk impressing alongside Ashley Williams in the centre of defence, but hopes to return to training on Thursday ahead of the visit to Tyneside. "I'm still feeling a bit of pain, but it has improved a lot," he told the club's official website.

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