Wales On Sunday

Ayew injury worry for manager Cooper

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STEVE Cooper has confirmed Andre Ayew will be assessed over the next 48 hours after suffering a hamstring injury in Swansea City’s 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Ghana internatio­nal was withdrawn just eight minutes into the clash with the Chairboys after falling to the ground clutching his upper leg.

And Cooper says it’s unlikely that the Swans’ top scorer will be available to feature against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, although it remains to be seen how serious the injury is.

“It’s early to say, he’s walked off with a hamstring injury, or so we think,” said the Swansea head coach. “I haven’t seen him yet. It’ll be 24 or 48 hours before we know the extent of the injury.”

And when asked if Ayew would miss the visit of QPR, Cooper responded: “It would seem that way but we don’t know yet. You can’t walk off after eight minutes and play three days later unless something extraordin­ary has happened. But we don’t want to speculate.”

After a bright start, the Swans were alarmingly lacklustre for long periods against Gareth Ainsworth’s men.

They fell two goals behind shortly after the restart as Gareth McCleary fired home after Admiral Muskwe struck 15 seconds into the second half.

But a late penalty from Jamal Lowe along with Liam Cullen’s header on his return from injury ultimately earned Swansea a share of the spoils.

“I do think that it’s a missed opportunit­y. The objective today was obviously to win. We’re at home, we’ve played well for two games and we’re playing a team that are fighting for something else,” added Cooper.

“We felt there would be enough space and gaps to go and hurt them.

“We didn’t play well enough in the first half with the ball and our positional play wasn’t quite right. Because of that we didn’t make enough passes and it had a bit of a knock-on effect of how the game went.

“The start of the second half was really poor and disappoint­ing to say the least. Two soft goals.

“In whatever minute of whatever game, you have to do the non-negotiable­s well, and for that period, we didn’t.

“In saying that, 2-0 down, the players showed a lot of heart, courage and good play to get back in the game. The result could have been worse because of what we did at the start of the second half.”

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