Swansea City waiting on fitness of four key players ahead of Everton visit
SWANSEA City are sweating on the fitness of four frontline players ahead of tomorrow's lunchtime clash with Everton at the Liberty.
Danny Graham, Ashley Williams and Jonathan de Guzman have all missed training this week with ankle injuries, while Leon Britton has been absent with a bout of flu.
And boss Michael Laudrup will assess the quartet on the training ground today before deciding whether they can play a part tomorrow.
Swansea say all four players have a chance of featuring, with Graham thought to be the biggest concern.
Race & Stay with Stradey Park Hotel and Ffos Las RacecourseView details
Inc. transport to and from the races, entrance to Ffos Las, free programme, pint/glass of wine & carvery roll, overnight stay in the hotel inc. breakfast in the morning. For just £112.99 fro 2 adults
Terms: Subject to T&C. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability, ask at time of booking. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room.
Contact: 01554 700277
Valid until: Monday, March 31 2014
But there is bad news for midfielder Kemy Agustien, who is likely to miss at least two games with a calf injury suffered in training this week.
Graham picked up his problem on Wednesday, while Williams and de Guzman have been undergoing treatment since last weekend's defeat at Aston Villa.
"We will have to look at all four of them in training before we can decide," Laudrup said.
"We cannot do anything about these injuries. Football is a contact sport and two of them are from the last game.
"The others are from training, but you have to train like you play.
"Then we have Leon feeling sick. We can't do anything about that.
"He has not been in for a couple of days, but all the players will be in (today) and we hope they can all play tomorrow, apart from Kemy who is definitely out. Let's see if they are in or out. If they are not 100 per cent, we have other players who can come in and play."
Williams would be the biggest loss given that Swansea are already without fellow central defenders Chico Flores, Garry Monk and Kyle Bartley as well as left-back Neil Taylor.
The Wales star hobbled through the second half at Villa Park, and past evidence suggests he will declare himself fit.
"Hopefully he will be in, because it's important for us to have our captain," Laudrup added.
Swansea must keep fingers crossed on Williams, because alternative defensive options are close to non-existent.
At least Swansea have some strength in midfield, with the likes of Ki Sung-Yueng and Mark Gower on standby for starts if required.
Should Graham miss out, Luke Moore would be the favourite to spearhead Swansea, although Laudrup could turn to loan signing Itay Shechter.
Everton are not the ideal opponents for a side struggling for bodies at the back given their physical prowess in attack.
David Moyes's men have made a strong start to the new season, but Laudrup is convinced Swansea can combat the men from Merseyside.
"Everton will be a great challenge," Laudrup added.
"Their manager has been at the club for ten years, and for me that is very strange because that can only happen over here.
"Where I've come from in the south of Europe, managers are at clubs for two or three years or five maximum. But if you look at Everton in the last few years, they have done some very good things.
"I say with respect that I don't think they are one of the top clubs, but they have a settled manager and that philosophy has paid off."
Everton have been hit by news that striker Nikica Jelavic is likely to miss out this weekend after picking up an injury in last Monday's draw with Newcastle.