De Guzman looks ahead to Hammers test

31st January 2014

Jonathan de Guzman says the Swans have been handed a huge boost after the return of a number of key players from injury.

Swansea travel to West Ham on Saturday as they look for back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premier League.

Michael Laudrup's side beat Fulham on Tuesday in what was billed a must-win game, while they face a number of struggling sides in the coming weeks.

The victory over Fulham saw the Swans rise to mid table, while Sam Allardyce's side currently sit in the relegation zone despite a goalless draw with Chelsea in midweek.

But de Guzman insists that the squad has been boosted with the likes of Nathan Dyer, Jonjo Shelvey and Pablo Hernandez all returning to action in the last week.

"It's been great," said the Dutchman. "Everyone knows we've been struggling with injuries in the last couple of months and it feels good to have people back.

"After the injury I had I'm just happy to be back and happy to be playing again.

"This is a very big month for us. West Ham are in the relegation zone and we are not too far from there either.

"If you win you can rise up the table and it's another big game. To get a good result there would be a big boost for us."

Tuesday's win over Fulham was Swansea's first in eleven league games, and their first clean sheet since early December.

West Ham, meanwhile, have kept ten clean sheets this season - the most of any team in the bottom half of the table.

But following the return of striker Andy Carroll and a number of January transfer acquisitions, de Guzman is anticipating a tough afternoon at Upton Park.

"Tuesday was probably one of our most important games of the season," he said. "Winning at home was a good boost and hopefully we can keep it up.

"Saturday will be a difficult game, and West Ham are a physical team. We need to continue playing with the ball and try to get good result

"Playing away is always difficult but we just need to concentrate on playing our game."