No new injury worries for second leg, Kyle Naughton back from suspension

27th July
First team
Birmingham (A) Naughton

Swansea City will have Kyle Naughton back for the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Brentford, with Steve Cooper reporting no new injury worries following the first-leg win.

Andre Ayew’s goal settled the first part of the tie in Swansea’s favour, and attentions quickly turn to the second leg at Griffin Park on Wednesday night.

Naughton has served his three-match suspension following his red card at Nottingham Forest, and head coach Cooper will have to decide whether or not to alter a back three that kept a clean sheet against the Championship’s topscorers at the Liberty Stadium.

“We have nothing new from last night, so the only update really is Kyle Naughton coming back from suspension,” said the Swans boss.

“It’s good to have Kyle in with the fact we’re down on numbers with defenders.

“We had two under-23 boys on the bench yesterday in Cameron Evans and Tivonge Rushesha, which is great, I am all for things like that.

“It’s good that we’ve got more options with defenders. Kyle is an experienced player and he’s played a lot of football in the Premier League.

Brentford (H) van der Hoorn

“We are not blessed with experience, we know that, and Kyle does bring that to the table.”

Cooper also paid tribute to Mike van der Hoorn, after the Dutchman played 90 minutes for the first time since the 1-0 win at Luton in December, having been sidelined by a knee injury for over six months.

“It’s credit to Mike for how he’s got himself back into the team and back into competing the way he is, because the last time he played before this run of games was Charlton.

“To apply himself as he has with the recovery, in difficult circumstances around the lockdown, is a credit to him.

“That was the next milestone for him, to play 90 minutes.

“Whether he’s okay to go again on Wednesday, we’ll have to wait and see.

Cooper is waiting on the fitness of Wayne Routledge and George Byers, with the pair having sat out the first leg with calf and groin problems respectively.

Joe Rodon, Ben Wilmot and Freddie Woodman remain absent through injury.

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