Swans keen to loan Dobbie

Scottish striker could be sent out on short-term deal

Dobbie: Needs games

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Swansea boss Paulo Sousa has revealed that he is hoping to send Stephen Dobbie out on loan.

The 27-year-old has become something of a forgotten man at the Liberty Stadium, having been signed by former manager Roberto Martinez over the summer.

The Spaniard left his position with the Swans to take charge at Premier League outfit Wigan just three days after completing the deal, leaving Dobbie in limbo.

The Scottish striker boasts an enviable goalscoring record from his time north of the border, scoring 47 times in 83 appearances for Queen of the South, but has struggled to make an impact in the Championship.

Niggling injuries and illness have hampered his cause, though, and Sousa admits he is keen to see what Dobbie can offer if given the opportunity to play on a regular basis.

"It's not easy for a player who isn't playing," said the Portuguese coach.

"We encourage these players to look at other possibilities for playing and Stephen is one of them.

"I'm happy for him if he can play in this moment. He's short of opportunities and he knows that.

"Hopefully we can look for the best chance for him to be happy with himself and happy with his game."