Swansea defender Kyle Naughton ruled out for rest of the season

Naughton was injured following a tackle by Hull's David Meyler
Naughton was injured following a tackle by Hull's David Meyler

Swansea have been dealt an injury blow after Kyle Naughton was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Naughton suffered ankle ligament damage during Swansea's 3-1 victory over Hull last Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.

The 26-year-old Swansea defender was carried off the field after Hull midfielder David Myler was shown a straight red card for his tackle in the 53rd minute. 

An initial scan on Saturday showed there was no fracture, but a follow up scan confirmed ligament damage that will rule him for 6 weeks, until the end of the season.

The Swansea City Full Back signed from Spurs during the January transfer window. Swansea paid £5 million for the English defender and he had started his last nine Premier League games.

"With just seven league games left, it's a blow for the right-back and the Swans, the right-back having continued to impress with every appearance" reported the Swansea Website.

After the match Swansea boss, Gary Monk, felt that Myler's challenge was justified a red card.

"It was a genuine 50-50 ball and my initial reaction was the it was a bad challenge," Monk said.

The injury paves the way for long-serving and fan-favourite-right-back, Angel Rangel, who was substituted for Naughton and received an enormous reception. 

The Spaniard is most likely to replace the injured defender for the remainder of the campaign. 

"It's not good", said Rangel, "because Naughton is injured and I don't want to wish anyone bad, but from my point of view I always try and be ready so if the manager needs me I'll try my best." 

Eoin Donnelly