Struggling Swansea striker Nelson Oliveira aims to end 13-month goal drought

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The Portuguese international has not scored since last March.

Swansea were dealt a blow this week when it was confirmed that striker Bafetimbi Gomis would be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Frenchman had just become the lead striker at the club, with Wilfried Bony moving to Manchester City in January.

With his absence Garry Monk has a shortage of striking options, but does have Nelson Oliveira at his disposal.

The Portuguese attacker has now spoken to the Swansea website about his potential starting role to come.

He said:

"I’ve had to be patient waiting for my chance. But that’s understandable. It’s normal that when you join a very good team who are doing well and eighth in the table, then you have to wait for your chance.

"Bafe has also been doing very well and scoring goals. He’s a good player and person and I feel for him because of the injury. He’s been in a good moment and is important to the team.

"I’m not happy he is injured, but if it gives me a chance then I really want to take it; work hard, play well and help the team."

“It would be nice to score my first goal for the club."

Oliveira arrived at the club in January to cover for Bony's presence at the African Cup of Nations. But in his eight appearances for the club so far he has not managed to notch a goal for the Swans. In fact, he has not scored since netting for Rennes against Toulouse back in March 2014.

He knows this is a massive opportunity and one he has to take. After bursting onto the scene from Benfica a few seasons back, earning comparisons to Eric Cantona, he has struggled to find consistent form and has had previous loan spells at Deportivo and Rennes.

He will need to prove what he is made of in the final weeks of the Premier League season if he is to put himself in the shop window for the summer.

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