Injury boost for Swans

27th September 2018
First team

Graham Potter is expecting Bersant Celina and Leroy Fer to feature against Queens Park Rangers this weekend – but Joel Asoro looks set to miss out with an ankle injury.

Celina has missed the Swans’ last two games after straining ankle ligaments in the draw with Nottingham Forest 12 days ago.

And Fer has been on the sidelines since September 1 because of a groin problem.

But the duo are poised to hand Potter a major boost ahead of Rangers’ visit to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

“Bersant has trained with the group and he is fine,” said the Swans boss, “and Leroy has also been with the group and he is pushing towards the weekend.

“Both of them should be available, although maybe at different stages in terms of game-time.

“But they have made good progress this week, and Tom Carroll and Jay Fulton are also fine.

“That means we have Jeff (Montero) and Wilfried (Bony) on the slightly longer-term list, while Joel picked up a heavy contact injury playing for the under-23s on Wednesday.

“Saturday may be a bit too soon for him, but we think he could be available for Tuesday (at Wigan).”

Fer was made club skipper by Potter in the summer and is an influential figure in the Swans dressing room.

The Dutchman was out of action at the start of the season because of a long-term Achilles problem, and has been left frustrated by the groin complaint which has kept him out of the Swans’ last three games.

But Potter is looking forward to having Fer back in the fold.

“He is our captain and when he has played he has played very well,” Potter added.

“He contributes on the pitch and we miss his presence around the place. He is an important player for us.

“He is not available to play 90 minutes in every single game yet, but we’re happy with the progress he has made and we’ll see how much he can do this weekend.”


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