Manager Garry Monk Swansea City friendly matches Reading and Nottingham Forest
24th July 2015
Garry Monk believes a double-header against Championship opposition this weekend will give his Swans side the test they need ahead of the new campaign.
The Swans face Reading tonight (Friday) at Wycombe's Adams Park before taking on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground the following day.
After a successful week in Germany, where the Swans drew with Champions League qualifiers Borussia Monchengladbach before beating 1860 Munich 2-1, Monk's men look to build on match sharpness and fitness against the Championship duo.
And the Swans boss feels it will provide his team with the tests they need as they work towards the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season against defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 8.
"We will possibly look at giving the players a full 90 minutes, but that depends on how the game goes," said Monk.
"We will mix the teams up again. The players will get more minutes and that will hopefully make them sharper - that's the plan over the next week or so.
"I wanted really tough games and that's what we have got. We've played Reading quite a few times in pre-season and they've always been good games while we've had some great battles with Forest over the years.
"It's important that we have good challenges because the players need to get certain things out of these games."
Monk is expected to name two different teams for each game, with Ecuador wing Jefferson Montero set to be involved for the first time since returning from Copa America duty.
Leon Britton is also included in the squad along with trialist keeper Josh Vickers, who featured off the bench against 1860 Munich, while defender Jordi Amat misses out as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.
Swans squad: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Josh Vickers, Lukasz Fabianski, Angel Rangel, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley, Stephen Kingsley, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams, Franck Tabanou, Raheem Hanley, Neil Taylor, Jay Fulton, Leon Britton, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjo Shelvey, Josh Sheehan, Jack Cork, Ki Sung-Yueng, Matt Grimes, Nathan Dyer, Modou Barrow, Jefferson Montero, Marvin Emnes, Wayne Routledge, Andre Ayew, Eder, Bafe Gomis.
Reading v Swans
Friday, July 24 (7.45pm) at Adams Park, Wycombe
Tickets: £10 adults; £5 seniors 65 and over; £5 for 24 and under.
Tickets can be purchased online HERE
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Matchday hospitality packages and executive box hire are available for this game. To book, contact Becci Redmond at Wycombe Wanderers on 01494 455 706 or Becci.Redmond@wwfc.com
Nottingham Forest v Swans
Saturday, July 25 (3pm) at the City Ground
Tickets: £15 adults; £10 over-65s and £5 U16s.
Buy tickets online HERE or by contacting 0844 815 6665 or in-person at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office.
Please note that Nottingham Forest strongly recommends that children be of primary school age (4-5 years) when attending the City Ground. Babies in arms and children in buggies will not be admitted for their own safety.
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