Ben Davies could boost Swansea City for Sunderland, but Ashley Williams doubts remain
SWANSEA City have fingers crossed that Ben Davies will face Sunderland — but skipper Ashley Williams may be forced to sit out again.
The two defenders have sat out Wales duty because of injury, with Davies nursing a hamstring strain while Williams struggles with an ankle problem.
And while there are no guarantees at this stage, Davies looks the more likely of the duo to be fit to feature when Michael Laudrup's men face the Black Cats on Saturday.
The left-back felt his hamstring in the dying minutes of Swansea's defeat at Southampton nine days ago and was initially ruled out for between two and three weeks.
But Swansea are optimistic that Davies will be fit to train later in the week and, if he comes through okay, he will then be a probable starter against Sunderland.
Williams has not yet been ruled out of the weekend, but he is rated as doubtful because of the ankle sprain which has seen him feature in only one of Swansea's last six matches.
There is better news of fellow centre-back Garry Monk, who is due back in full training today after picking up a knee injury in the Capital One Cup defeat at Birmingham.
Jonathan de Guzman is also expected to be fit for Sunderland's visit despite withdrawing from the Holland squad with a groin problem which ruled him out at Southampton.
And Pablo Hernandez is on course to be involved against Gus Poyet's new club having been sidelined with a thigh injury since his matchwinning display at West Brom back on September 1.
Laudrup, meantime, must hope the likes of Michel Vorm, Wilfried Bony, Neil Taylor and Michu return unscathed from international duty.
Michu hopes to win his second Spain cap against Georgia tonight after making his debut in last Friday's win over Belarus.
And despite the added attention his Spanish call-up has brought, the 27-year-old forward has told the media in his homeland that he is happy in SA1.
"I'm not thinking about that (leaving) right now," he said.
"I'm very happy at Swansea. It's a small club, but we're in Europe and have already won a trophy, the first in the club's history."