Injury unlikely to stop Michel Vorm facing Sunderland for Swansea City
MICHEL Vorm has returned from international duty with a hand injury — but Swansea City are optimistic that he will be fit to face Sunderland this weekend.
And Swansea are monitoring the fitness of a number of players including Leon Britton, Ashley Williams and Ben Davies heading into the Black Cats clash.
Vorm played for the Netherlands as they demolished Hungary 8-1 last Friday — but was forced to sit out their 2-0 victory in Turkey on Tuesday night.
Vorm was missing because of a minor complaint over his hand, though he was fit enough to sit on the bench in midweek and Swansea are therefore confident that he will be cleared to start against Sunderland.
Britton, meantime, has been nursing a calf injury during the international break and has not played a full part in training this week.
However, Swansea are hopeful that he will be okay by the weekend — along with Davies.
The left-back missed Wales's games against Macedonia and Belgium with a hamstring strain he suffered at Southampton last week. But he is in with a fighting chance of making himself available for Sunderland.
There are bigger concerns over Williams, who also sat out for Wales because of his ongoing ankle problem. If he does not make it, Jordi Amat is again likely to partner Chico Flores in the centre of Swansea's defence — although Garry Monk could come back into the fold after a knee problem.
Winger Pablo Hernandez is another player who hopes to return to Michael Laudrup's matchday squad for Sunderland after six weeks out with a thigh injury. And Swansea are hopeful that Michu and Wilfried Bony will show no ill-effects having returned from their international travels.
Bony went home to Africa but did not make it off the bench as Ivory Coast beat Senegal 3-1 in the World Cup play-off first leg.
Michu, meantime, was an unused substitute on Tuesday as Spain clinched their World Cup place with victory over Georgia.
The 27-year-old was handed his Spanish debut last Friday, and played almost an hour of the victory over Belarus.
Jonathan de Guzman has trained this week and is fit despite missing Holland's games — as well as the Southampton defeat — because of a groin strain.
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