Only the best will do, insists Monk
2nd April 2015
Garry Monk insists only the best will do from the Swans as they target back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins when Hull visit the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).
Monk's side beat Aston Villa prior to the international break, and they entertain a Hull side sitting just three points above the relegation zone.
The Swans are flying high in eighth as they look to beat their Premier League points record of 47 set in the 2011-12 campaign.
It means they need just five points from their remaining eight games, but Monk knows his side must produce their best against the Tigers.
"It has been a difficult season for them, but they have a good group with quality players," said Monk, whose side won 1-0 at the KC Stadium in December.
"They pushed Chelsea all the way in the last game, and I was really impressed with them.
"Hull want to steer clear of the relegation zone, so they will be a determined side coming here.
"But we are focussed on winning the three points, as Hull will be. They have always been close encounters between the sides in recent times.
"If our attitude is spot on and our football is as good as it can be then we have the chance to win.
"It's about pushing on with our agenda and improving ourselves, judging by the week we have had I can see the group is focussed and ready."
The Swans will be without Tom Carroll this weekend after the Tottenham loanee sustained an injury while playing for England Under-21s.
The midfielder picked up an ankle problem while scoring the only goal of the game for his country, meaning he could be sidelined for a number of weeks.
There is better news on Jefferson Montero, however, after the winger also pulled up with a muscle strain while on international duty.
The Ecuadorian will be assessed by the club's medical team on Saturday before a decision is made on whether he will be available for selection for Saturday.
"Jeff came back today and it's not as serious as the reports that have come out have suggested," added the Swans boss.
"We'll assess him properly tomorrow to see if he'll be available for selection on Saturday. I think 24 hours extra will do him the world of good.
"I'm really disappointed for Tom, though. He played well and scored a goal, and it was from scoring that he picked up the injury.
"We will have to assess it over the next week to see whether he will be out for a couple of weeks or maybe six or more weeks."
Ki Sung-Yueng was also back in training today after featuring for South Korea, while Kyle Bartley and Leon Britton are available for Saturday after they had overcome knee and back injuries.