Boss hoping for triple injury boost

2nd January 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal hopes his forwards will soon be back in the fold after admitting Swansea City were short of attacking options as they were beaten by Tottenham.

Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Tammy Abraham (stomach) were not involved against Spurs, meaning Carvalhal started with Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer in attack.

But Carvalhal is optimistic that Bony and Abraham will be back involved imminently as well as midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, who has been out with a calf problem.

“I believe Bony and Abraham will be available soon, along with Ki,” he said.

“These are players we need to have.

“Today we didn’t have a striker to play. You could say to me why didn’t I play with Oliver, but you know he has not played 90 minutes very often.

“That means that probably after 60 or 70 minutes he would have to come off, and then who would I bring on if we need a goal? That’s why we prepared for the game in a different way.”

With the January transfer window now open, Carvalhal is expecting to hold discussions about possible signings.

“I have been very busy so far with the games, but I think I will talk with the chairman soon,” he said.

“I am very happy with the players we have and the commitment they have shown.

“But today for example we didn’t have a right-back because Angel (Rangel) came off injured and Kyle (Naughton) is suspended.

“Also, we didn’t have a striker to play, so we will try to cover these situations.”

The Swans must wait to see the extent of Rangel’s problem after he came off with what appeared to be a calf complaint.