Swansea City Chelsea Under-18s Premier League South
22nd January 2016
Swansea City Under-18s could have goalkeeper Lewis Thomas back in contention when they face Chelsea at Landore Training Ground on Saturday (11am).
The 18-year-old shot stopper suffered a head injury during the Swans' FA Youth Cup defeat against Arsenal on Friday night, with Thomas receiving treatment which held the game up for 20 minutes.
Despite the injury, the U18s captain has recovered from concussion to train with the squad and coach Eric Ramsay believes he could feature.
"We are hopeful Lewis will be back in contention despite his injury on Friday," he said. "He has had to go through the appropriate concussion protocol with our physios this week. Assuming everything continues to go well and he gets the final all clear he will play for us.
"If not it will be a good opportunity for first-year scholar Ross Tracey to get his first competitive minutes under his belt."
The young Swans go into game off the back two league defeats against Aston Villa and Arsenal, while Chelsea top the table and are unbeaten in the league since September.
When the sides met at Landore in October, the Swans suffered a 5-0 defeat against the Blues and Ramsay admits Saturday will be another tough test for the young players.
"This will be one of the most difficult games we play all season," continued Ramsay. "They are an exceptional academy with a huge array of talented players.
"We look at the Chelsea game in a similar way to how we viewed our two fixtures against Arsenal - we took a lot from those games and must now put that into action.
"Given the amount of chances we created on Friday we know we needed to be more clinical in front of goal. We must take those chances when we create them."
SWANS U18s: Lewis Thomas, Ross Treacy, Sean Hanbury, Connor Quigley, Ben Morgan, Joe Rodon, Brandon Cooper, Aaron Lewis, Tom Dyson, Jordan Jones, Jack Evans, Marco Dulca, Dan Jefferies, Liam Cullen, Liam Edwards, Brandon Griffiths, Keiran Evans, Mael Davies, Jack Watts.
The Under-18s face Chelsea at Landore Training Ground on Saturday, January 23 (11am). Entry is free but fans are reminded there is no parking at the Landore facility.