Fede's ready

6th December 2017
First team

Paul Clement has revealed that Federico Fernandez is ready for a return to action following the death of his father.

Fernandez, who has worn the captain’s armband for much of this season, has missed Swansea City’s last three games having jetted back to his native Argentina to be with his family.

The central defender was set to play against Bournemouth 11 days ago but withdrew on the morning of the game after the sad news came through.

He was then absent for the Swans’ trips to Chelsea and Stoke, but flew back to Britain last weekend and rejoined training on Monday.

And Clement says Fernandez is okay to feature when his side face West Brom at the Liberty this weekend.

“Federico has rejoined his team-mates this week after the very sad passing of his father,” said the Swans boss.

“We are very happy to have him back and I am glad to say that he is doing okay at what is a very difficult time in his life.

“He is back available for selection and we are glad to have him. Fede will get all the support he needs from the club.”

Fernandez’s return gives Clement something of a selection headache in central defence.

The former Napoli man has been a regular under Clement, but Mike van der Hoorn let nobody down having played alongside Alfie Mawson in all three Swans games last week.