Ryan Manning red card upheld but Nathanael Ogbeta available for Blackpool

11th March 2022
First team
Nathanael Ogbeta training

Head coach Russell Martin has confirmed Ryan Manning's red card against Fulham has been upheld following an appeal, meaning the defender will start a four-match ban this weekend.

The dismissal for a foul on Harry Wilson on Tuesday evening was the Irishman’s second of the season, so the centre-back won't be available until the Swans’ trip to Millwall next month.

There is better news elsewhere, however, with Hannes Wolf fully recovered from Covid-19 and able to travel this weekend, while Nathanael Ogbeta will be included in the squad and in contention for his debut at Blackpool after time out with a hamstring injury.

Martin also confirmed that Flynn Downes – who was withdrawn at half-time against Fulham due to injury – will be fit for the weekend.

“We found out [Ryan’s] appeal was unsuccessful on Thursday. I’m not overly surprised but we had some hope that it would be overturned,” the Swans boss said.

“It’s disappointing for him because he has to miss four games now and it’s disappointing for us because he’s been excellent, but I think he’ll learn from this.

“Thankfully, we’ve got Nat coming back but he hasn’t played at this level before and hasn’t been able to train a huge amount. He’s been back for a week training with the boys on the grass so they’ll be an opportunity for him soon.

“He’s in the squad tomorrow – it would be a big ask for him to start a game, but we’ve got three games in a week and then a good period, in terms of the international break, to get some work into him.

“Hannes is back training, which is great. He’s been following the Covid protocols so he’s back in the squad and hopefully he’ll be ready to play on the weekend.

“Flynn is fine. It was a sore one, he could have played on – and because of his character, he wanted to play on – but he was limping so we made the call. He’s come off and he’s fit and available for tomorrow.”

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