PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Swans
23rd July 2016
Francesco Guidolin is set to take a strong side to Bristol Rovers this weekend as Swansea City continue preparations for the new Premier League season.
The Swans boss fielded mix-and-match line-ups in the club's two opening pre-season friendlies on their tour of America.
The vast majority of players played only 45 minutes each in the fixtures against Charlotte Independence and Richmond Kickers.
But Guidolin is likely to give some of his senior men an extended taste of the action when the Swans run out at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Jefferson Montero has returned to training this week having been given extra time off as a result of his involvement in the Copa America.
However, he is not yet ready to feature, and could instead be involved when the Swans go to Swindon Town next Wednesday night.
Lukasz Fabianski will be back in pre-season training on Monday while Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yueng are due to return the following week.
But even with so many key players missing for the Rovers game, Guidolin is expected to select a side packed with first-team experience.
The likes of Federico Fernandez, Leon Britton, Jack Cork, Nathan Dyer and Andre Ayew are all in contention to start as the Swans make the short trip across the Severn Bridge.
Rovers head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in midweek.
Darrell Clarke's team are preparing to start the new League One season at Scunthorpe in a fortnight's time having finished third in League Two last term to secure their second successive promotion.
Rovers could include former Wales international frontman Jermaine Easter, who spent a couple of months on loan at Swansea during the 2010-11 Championship promotion-winning campaign.
After the games at Rovers and Swindon, the Swans travel to Wolves in eight days' time before hosting Stade Rennais in their final pre-season game on August 6.
Tickets, priced £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s, are available for the friendly at Bristol Rovers up until three hours before kick off.
Tickets purchased will now have to be collected from the Liberty Stadium ticket office.
Please note, Swans supporters can NOT purchase tickets at Bristol Rovers today.
SWANS SQUAD: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Kyle Naughton, Jordi Amat, Federico Fernandez, Mike van der Hoorn, Stephen Kingsley, Leon Britton, Jack Cork, Leroy Fer, Jay Fulton, Adam King, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Modou Barrow, Kenji Gorre, Andre Ayew, Oliver McBurnie.
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