Swans check on duo ahead of Everton

12th April 2018
First team

Swansea City are monitoring the fitness of Sam Clucas ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton.

The midfielder missed training today after taking a kick on the knee on Wednesday.

But Carlos Carvalhal is optimistic that Clucas and centre-back Mike van der Hoorn will be cleared to face the Blues.

There were concerns that van der Hoorn would face a spell out after he came off with a shoulder problem at West Brom last weekend, but the Dutchman has made good progress in the last few days.

“Mike came back into training yesterday with some limitations, but today he trained normally,” Carvalhal explained.

“Clucas got a kick and didn’t train today. He didn’t train as a precaution and we must wait to see, but we expect he can recover.”

Angel Rangel is stepping up his comeback bid having returned to training at the end of last week after groin surgery.

“Angel is back training normally and now it’s just about his physical condition improving,” Carvalhal said.

Renato Sanches, meantime, is yet to return to Wales as he continues his rehabilitation having suffered a serious hamstring injury in January.

Sanches had been set to come back from parent club Bayern Munich at the start of this week, but that plan was scrapped by Bayern’s medical staff.

“Renato had to have a scan before he travelled and the doctor in Munich decided it was better to stay one more week,” Carvalhal added.

“The information I have is that he will have another scan on Monday or Tuesday and if everything is okay, he will travel.

“Renato wants to come – he was sad that he could not travel – and I believe he can be involved before the end of the season.”