Swansea City wait on Routledge and van der Hoorn fitness

24th July 2020
First team
Reading (A) Meite van der Hoorn

Steve Cooper will give Wayne Routledge and Mike van der Hoorn as long as possible to prove their fitness for the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Brentford.

Routledge was injured in the act of scoring Swansea’s fourth goal in the midweek win over Reading that secured a top-six finish in unforgettable fashion.

Defender van der Hoorn, meanwhile, came off at half-time at the Madejski Stadium with a knock, with Cooper and his staff having managed the Dutchman’s game time since his return from a knee injury.

Kyle Naughton will miss out again through suspension, although he will be available for the second leg on Wednesday.

“Wayne and Mike came off with injuries the other day, we are not ruling them in or out, we will give them every chance and see where we are at,” said the Swans head coach.

“We have spoken about Mike a lot, he is an important player and we have had to manage his minutes.

Reading (A) Routledge Brewster FT

“So, to go from no games to three in a few days was a bonus and a credit to Mike.

“We would not normally do that, so I am not surprised he has got knocks and pulls in other parts of his body.

“We will have to work hard with him and Wayne, and with everybody. We have played a lot of games with not many days in between.

“It’s about recovery and preparation, that’s the only programme we are in at the moment.”

Cooper also confirmed Freddie Woodman and George Byers will not be available to start on Sunday.

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