Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea Odds : Laudrup faces tough ask away in Europa League

Swansea’s European adventure continues on Thursday when they travel to Russia to face Kuban Krasnodar, with odds suggesting the value is with the home side (KO 17:00GMT).

The Swans are currently unbeaten in Group A are winning two and drawing one of their three games so far but they will head into the game on the back of a defeat to rivals Cardiff.

That defeat proved costly in more ways than one with star forward Michu suffering an ankle injury.

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The Spanish star is set to miss the trip to Russia with Swansea manager Michael Laudrup not sure when his talisman is set to return.

“Michu, our top scorer last season, has been struggling for a few weeks and is not 100 per cent and unfortunately he is out again for maybe three to four weeks” Laudrup said in the pre match conference.

“When I say he has not been at his best, it is because he has been struggling with both his knees for many weeks, but he wanted to play anyway and he is one of our most important players,” said Laudrup.

“So with this ankle injury hopefully he can get both his knees sorted as well.

“He will be away in Spain for a few days for some injections.”

“Three to four weeks was the first medical opinion. But we said Ben Davies would be out for three to four weeks and he is back training with us now (after two weeks).

“It is always better to do it that way, to say a little more rather than reduce it and say it is three weeks and it ends up being five.”

A win for Laudrup’s side would see them through the knockout stages however a tough task will all be the more difficult with the Jacks without Jonjo Shelvey, who has also not travelled for personal reasons, Pablo Hernandez (thigh) and Garry Monk (knee) although Ben Davies could feature after overcoming injury.

The Russian side will be under pressure to avoid a repeat of the racial abuse that Manchester City star Yaya Toure endured during his side’s recent clash with CSKA Moscow and Swansea keeper Michael Vorm hopes that events on the field and not in the stands are the talking points after the game.

He said: “The Toure story is something that is getting quite big which is logical but I just hope it doesn’t happen here and is something we don’t want to happen.

“This is my first time in Russia and I hope for a good experience. If something happens then the officials know what they have to do about it.”

Kuban scored a late penalty to rescue a point at the Liberty stadium and they will head into the game in good form after winning their last two games, results that put them in 8th in the table.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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