Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew and Bersant Celina doubtful for Baggies assignment

5th March 2020
First team

Andre Ayew and Bersant Celina are doubtful for Swansea City’s clash with West Brom.

Top scorer Ayew – who has 14 goals to his name in all competitions – suffered a kick to his foot in the draw at Blackburn and has been unable to train so far this week.

But head coach Steve Cooper will give the Ghana international as much time as possible to prove his fitness.

“Andre is struggling, he needed some attention at Blackburn and has not been on the grass this week yet,” said the Swans boss.

“We have not completely ruled him out yet, because you give those players every chance you can to be ready for the game.

“But we are going to have to plan for being with or without him.

“He has been excellent with his performances and his commitment to what we are trying to do.

Cardiff Bersant Celina

“It will be a blow if he misses out, but it’s a squad game and we have players ready to go and - if we call on them - we will give them the best chance to play well.

“Like I say, we are not ruling Andre out, but we have to be realistic in terms of who will be available.”

Celina, meanwhile, has been troubled by a pelvis problem, having missed the games at Fulham and Blackburn with illness.

“Bersant is struggling with a pelvis problem he has been carrying for a little while, but it’s flared up," added Cooper.

“There are times it has flared up and he has pulled out of training, and there have been other occasions where he has missed a bit longer like when he missed the Derby game.

He pulled up in training yesterday and he is still a bit sore today, we are waiting for it to settle down.”

Wayne Routledge (knee), Mike van der Hoorn (knee) and George Byers (foot) are all sidelined.