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Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde ruled out again

Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde
Ferrie Bodde has suffered three knee injuries in 15 months

Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde is facing a second operation on his troublesome left knee after lasting 28 minutes of his comeback on Saturday.

The £5m-rated Dutchman had not played since last September when his return from 10 months out with cruciate ligament damage lasted eight minutes.

Bodde, 27, is out for the rest of the season, while fellow midfielders Joe Allen and Andrea Orlandi are sidelined.

"I'm devastated - it's nobody's fault, just one of those things," said Bodde.

"I've worked really hard over the last few months on my rehab, training seven hours a day and six days a week, and felt really good during the game on Saturday.

"All I can remember is jumping for a ball and turning on my left leg when I landed. I knew something was wrong straight away."

Bodde, who is not expected to play again until next season, suffered his first cruciate ligament injury in November 2008 during the 3-2 home defeat to Birmingham City.

He needed an operation which kept him out for 10 months before making his first comeback at home to Sheffield United in September.

But Bodde lasted just eight minutes before limping off with a reoccurrence of the knee problem.

Initial diagnosis suggested the Wigan target needed a second operation but a host of leading surgeons in Holland advised against it after undergoing further scans a few weeks later once the swelling had gone down.

Instead, he spent the last five months strengthening the knee and working on his mobility with personal Dutch fitness and rehabilitation coach Rob Meppelink.


"We all feel for Ferrie,'' said Swans boss Paulo Sousa denied Bodde had been rushed back. "It's something we could never have predicted.

"He received the best medical treatment possible and all the leading specialists confirmed that he was fully recovered to play.

"He looked stronger than ever and fully integrated himself into training. It's a shock to everyone and all we can do now is wish him a speedy recovery again.''

Sousa received better news on midfielder Darren Pratley who also limped off in the 1-0 win over Peterborough on Saturday.

Pratley suffered a knee injury but scans have shown it is not serious and he will have further treatment before being given the full diagnosis later in the week.

But Sousa is looking to bring in an emergency loan signing as cover, with Crystal Palace midfielder Neil Danns being linked.

"Midfield could now be a problem for us in the coming matches and we may have to play different shapes to get over it as we have now lost two players in each of the last two games," said Sousa.

"We may have to go into the loan market to cover all these injuries to our midfield players."

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see also
Swansea 1-0 Peterborough
27 Feb 10 |  Championship
Bodde ready to play again - Sousa
19 Feb 10 |  Swansea
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