Swans receive mixed injury update
13th November 2014
Swansea City has received mixed news on injured trio Federico Fernandez, Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer.
Argentina international Fernandez has been ruled out of action for up to three weeks following a scan on a calf injury, while it's good news for wingers Routledge and Dyer, who are both set to return to training next week after missing the victory over Arsenal with groin strains.
Meanwhile, Jordi Amat, Leon Britton and Dwight Tiendalli stepped up their return to full fitness in a behind-closed-doors practice match against Cardiff City on Thursday afternoon.
Amat and Tiendalli came through 90 minutes, while Britton played 45 minutes as the Swans drew 0-0 against their Welsh counterparts at Landore.
Despite the Swans enjoying plenty of possession during the 90 minutes, chances were few and far between for both sides.
Inside ten minutes, Bafe Gomis fired over following a neat through ball by Jonjo Shelvey, while Marvin Emnes saw a shot deflected wide and Jordi Amat headed over from a Shelvey cross.
Garry Monk's men suffered an early scare in the second half as Bo-Kyung Kim had an opportunity to open the scoring, but his shot was well held down low by Gerhard Tremmel.
Substitute Josh Sheehan went close for the Swans midway through the second-half as goalkeeper Simon Moore tipped his fierce effort around the post, while Gomis fired straight at Moore with three minutes left on the clock.
Despite the goalless draw, Swans boss Monk felt the practice match provided a good test for his side during the international break.
"It was a good chance to give a few players some minutes," said Monk. "It was important for the likes of Leon, Jordi and Dwight, who are coming back from injury, and also for some of the boys who haven't played as many minutes recently.
"During the international breaks, it's nice for the players that remain here to have a focus at the end of a week's training.
"It was difficult conditions for both teams, but I felt both sides applied themselves really well. In terms of attitude and commitment, I think both teams displayed what you would expect."
Swans line-up: Gerhard Tremmel, Liam Shephard (Raheem Hanley, 71), Kyle Bartley, Jordi Amat, Dwight Tiendalli, Leon Britton (Josh Sheehan, HT), Jay Fulton, Jonjo Shelvey (Kenji Gorre, 66), Modou Barrow, Marvin Emnes, Bafe Gomis.
Unused subs: David Cornell, Adam King, Rory Donnelly.