Laudrup sweats on Flores fitness
CHICO Flores is in a race to be fit for Swansea City's clash with West Ham after missing training with a groin problem.
Flores was in danger of sitting out at Queens Park Rangers last weekend because of the injury and struggled through the last 20 minutes at Loftus Road.
He was absent from training yesterday after it flared up again and is now a doubt for the Hammers match.
That means Alan Tate and £1 million new recruit Kyle Bartley are on standby for a start, with club captain Garry Monk not being considered as he has only just returned to training following a back problem.
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"Chico may play even with a little pain — it's not the kind of muscle injury where we risk losing him for three or four weeks," said Swansea boss Michael Laudrup.
"In the end it will be his decision — we will see in training (today).
"Otherwise we have Tate or Kyle Bartley — Garry has only just come back.
"Kyle has done well in training this week, although we need to give him time to settle in."
If Flores pulls through, Laudrup is likely to stick with the side which started the opening-day triumph at Queens Park Rangers.
Scott Sinclair is again set for the bench amid continuing uncertainty over his future at the Liberty Stadium.
The winger, who was booed by sections of the away support after coming off the bench last weekend, is expected to join Manchester City before the transfer window shuts.
"Scott is here and he will be important in Saturday's game," Laudrup added.
"I don't know what will happen over the weekend or next week, but I have no problem playing him.
"He started on the bench last week because the other two wingers, Wayne (Routledge) and Nathan (Dyer), have been here from day one working with us. It was nothing to do with his contract.
"Scott is 100 per cent committed to us while he is here and that's the important thing for me.
"I don't know what will happen with him, but I wouldn't be happy losing a player next Friday before the deadline and not replacing him."
Itay Shechter is not yet available because the paperwork on his loan move from Kaiserslautern has still not been finalised. Swansea expect that to happen next week.