Kyle Naughton set for spell on the sidelines

28th March
First team
Kyle Naughton Sunderland

Swansea City defender Kyle Naughton is facing a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Naughton suffered the injury in the second half of the south Wales derby victory over Cardiff City, but bravely continued to make a crucial clearance before receiving treatment and having to be withdrawn.

The 35-year-old has been in fine form during a run in the team under head coach Luke Williams, surpassing 300 Swansea City appearances, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to return before the end of the season.

Ben Cabango is also set to miss the Good Friday meeting with Sheffield Wednesday due to an ankle injury, but is nearing a return to action.

Midfielder Liam Walsh, meanwhile, is also making good progress in his recovery and is close to being involved again.

"Kyle is going to be a while," said head coach Luke Williams.

"Ben is going to be back very soon in full training, so that’s very good news.

Liam Walsh has trained incredibly, so he is very close now ahead of a busy weekend with two games so close together.

"I think for all head coaches this weekend is a challenge because the connection between players who play regularly is important, but you also need the freshness and to give oxygen to players who are working so hard to be part of the team and help the team.

"It’s a constant struggle and you can tussle with your own mind about these things, but it is about finding that balance.

"We have players desperate to show what they can do and show they want to be a part of what we want to do moving forward."

Josh Ginnelly, Bashir Humphreys and Sam Parker are all absent for the Swans.