Trio out but Oli in contention for Cup start

15th February
First team

Swansea City will be without a trio of players for Sunday's FA Cup meeting with Brentford, but Oli McBurnie is in contention to start against the Bees.

The striker - the Swans top scorer with 16 this season - has been struggling with illness in recent weeks, which has limited his involvement.

But, although manager Graham Potter would not say whether the Scotland international would definitely be fit enough to start, he is in the mix to make the XI for the fifth-round clash.

"Oli has trained this morning, so we will see how he responds to that," said Potter.

"He has had a couple of bouts of flu essentially and taken time to get over that.

"He has had antibiotics as it had gone onto his chest and when you are a footballer and you are recovering to sprint and get the air in there, it is not to easy.

"So he has felt really low and he has been in bed for a few days over the last two or three weeks.

"He has just not been fully right, he is still not quite 100 per cent but he is getting better and better and we hope he can play a bigger part against Brentford.

"He might be fit enough to start. I would not rule it out at this stage, but I would not rule it in completely either."

Winger Nathan Dyer is a doubt with a hamstring problem, while Leroy Fer, Declan John and Wayne Routledge are all out.

The latter trio have hamstring, ankle and calf problems respectively and have not recovered in time to play a part this weekend, although Potter is hopeful they will all be back for the Championship trip to Sheffield Wednesday a week on Saturday.

"It looks like Wayne and Declan will miss the game as well. With Leroy we are hoping he will be back with the group next week," added Potter, who suggested he may look to freshen up his team on the back of the midweek trip to Leeds.

"Hopefully by Sheffield Wednesday it is looking like there will be a few more available."

Joe Rodon (foot) and Martin Olsson (Achilles) remain longer-term absentees.