Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

SWANSEA chair­man Huw Jenk­ins la­belled man­ager Brendan Rodgers “spe­cial” as the North­ern Ir­ish­man pre­pares to re­turn to work fol­low­ing the death of his fa­ther.

Rodgers (pic­tured) missed the 1-0 de­feat at Arse­nal af­ter his dad Malachy died at the age of 59 in the early hours of Satur­day fol­low­ing a bat­tle with can­cer.

That came barely 18 months af­ter Rodgers’ mum Christina died of a heart at­tack.

But Rodgers will be back be­hind his desk at Swansea this week. And Jenk­ins said: “Brendan has had a tough time over the last 18 months.

“But he is a spe­cial per­son who pro­vides real strength for his fam­ily.

“He is a young man and things like this are a mas­sive weight on any­one’s shoul­ders. But he has coped with things re­mark­ably well.

“He has some­thing spe­cial about him and I think he’s shown that with every­thing that has hap­pened.”

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