Swans hope for injury boosts

18th September 2018
First team

Graham Potter is keeping fingers crossed for a triple injury boost ahead of Swansea City’s trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Swans were well short of natural midfielders as they were beaten 1-0 at Stoke on Tuesday night.

But Potter hopes he will have more options at his disposal at the Riverside on Saturday.

“Maybe we will have Tom Carroll back for Middlesbrough, maybe we will have Jay Fulton and maybe Leroy Fer, although it may be too soon for him,” Potter said.

Thanks in part to injury issues, the Swans boss made seven changes to his starting side for the Stoke game.

“The changes were about what’s right for the players and picking the right team to win,” Potter added.

“We had the youngest starting XI in the Championship last Saturday and you cannot expect young players to be Championship players who play 46 games in a season.

“We have to go through a bit of a process and that means making changes.

“And I thought the lads who came in did really well. George Byers made his first league start and performed really well.”

Potter also saluted experienced duo Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer, who made their first appearances of the season.

“Their attitude has been fantastic and they both did well,” he added.

“They have been very professional all along they have been fighting to play. They acquitted themselves well.”