Team news | Swansea City v Nottingham Forest

14th September 2019
First team
Wayne Routledge

Wayne Routledge makes his first league start of the season as head coach Steve Cooper makes one change for Swansea City’s clash with Nottingham Forest.

Routledge was hindered by injury at the start of the campaign, but has returned to full fitness and comes into the side having scored the winner from the bench at Leeds last time out.

He comes in for Yan Dhanda in the solitary alteration from the starting line-up at Elland Road.

That means Freddie Woodman starts in goal behind Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn and Jake Bidwell.

Rodon had been a doubt after picking up a knock on international duty with Wales, but he has been passed fit to feature at the Liberty.

Joe Rodon

Captain Matt Grimes and Jay Fulton pair up in midfield, with Routledge and Andre Ayew operating on the flanks.

Bersant Celina moves off the flank into the number 10 role, with Borja Baston – the Championship’s top marksman – leading the line.

On the bench, Nathan Dyer is in the matchday squad for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury against Preston.

Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Connor Roberts, Mike van der Hoorn, Joe Rodon, Jake Bidwell; Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain); Wayne Routledge, Bersant Celina, Andre Ayew; Borja Baston.

Subs: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Kyle Naughton, Ben Wilmot, Kristoffer Peterson, Nathan Dyer, George Byers, Sam Surridge.

Nottingham Forest: Brice Samba, Yuri Ribeiro, Joe Worrall, Lewis Grabban, Ben Watson, Joao Carvalho, Matty Cash, Sammy Ameobi, Michael Dawson (captain), Samba Sow, Albert Adomah.

Subs: Arijanet Muric, Tobias Figueiredo, John Bostock, Alfa Semedo, Jack Robinson, Joe Lolley, Tiago Silva.

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