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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 December 2006, 11:38 GMT
Jones sees end to injury misery
Swansea City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones
Jones suffered another knee injury setback last month
Swansea City midfielder Owain Tudur Jones is putting his faith in renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman to cure his career-threatening injury.

Jones has flown to America after asking to have the same specialist treatment which has helped the likes of Craig Bellamy and Michael Owen.

The injury has limited Jones to just six appearances this season and deprived him a Wales debut last month.

"Hopefully he can get this sorted once and for all," Jones told BBC Sport.

"I've done a little bit of research and learned that the surgery I had over the summer - the micro fracture surgery - was invented by Dr Steadman a few years back.

"So I'll be in good hands. There's nobody better to see in the world and that's the reason I've come out to Colorado. A lot of it is for my own piece of mind."

It's a big boost and fantastic to know the club are willing to do this for me

Owain Tudur Jones

Jones had a scan on his right knee on Tuesday and is now waiting to have key-hole surgery which will hopefully identify the problem area.

He then expects to spend another nine days at the clinic to have further therapy before retuning to Swansea after Christmas to begin a long rehabilitation process.

Swansea manager Kenny Jackett has already ruled out Jones for the rest of the season, saying it would be a "bonus" to see him playing again before the end of the current campaign.

"We're looking at it with a long-term view," said Jackett.

"We're hopeful this guy [Steadman] will shed some light on what has been a troublesome area for Owain in his short career."

Jones, who has been out of action since 3 November, has emerged as a key figure under Jackett's regime.

And the club's willingness to pay for the kind of specialist treatment usually associated with Premiership footballers shows how highly they rate their man.

"It's a big boost and fantastic to know the club are willing to do this for me," said Jones, who asked Swansea to send him to America.

"I've had a look around the hospital and it looks like a very professional establishment indeed.

"It's obviously not nice to be injured but when you're going to see the best man there is a lot of piece of mind involved."

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