Swansea City

Swansea City

Player News - Swansea City

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Swansea City were missing some key players for their trip to Leicester City today and it showed in their 2-0 loss.

It was uncertain who Garry Monk would call upon between Oliveira and Marvin Emnes to replace Bafetimbi Gomis, but adding in the latter's efforts as a substitute, neither looked to possess much of a goal threat. Jefferson Montero was back from injury but could only come off the bench for the final quarter hour. Ki Sung-Yueng, who has been a consistent area of production, had an off day as well, and was removed before the hour mark. The defense wasn't horrible but missing both fullbacks and facing a goal-hungry Leicester didn't help. They will be missing the same key players again next week, but will have a much more beatable Newcastle United to contend with instead.

Scans have revealed a grade two hamstring strain for Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis, giving him a three to four week timetable for recovery.

Gomis came off the pitch last weekend in the Swans match against Everton after seventeen minutes, with Marvin Emnes replacing him. Nelson Oliveira and Emnes are the two candidates to fill in for Gomis, as Oliveira has recovered from his own injury to give Garry Monk a selection decision. The uncertainty of who will be selected means any thought of investing in a budget forward option here too risky. Monk may use the situation to alternate starts between the two, as both have logged very few minutes in league play on the season. Whoever gets the start against Leicester though, has the opportunity to perform well enough to stay there for the next few matches.
Apr 17 - 10:59 AM

Neil Taylor will miss this weekend's trip to Leicester and next weekend's trip to Newcastle United as he serves a 2-match ban for accumulating his tenth yellow card of the season.

With Taylor unavailable and Kyle Naughton lost for the remainder of the season to injury, the Swans will incorporate their backups to fill the full back positions. Angel Rangel is a certainty, and will likely take Taylor's spot at left back, while Kyle Bartley looks the favorite between he and Jordi Amat to deputize on the right. Both matches are away from the Liberty, so between half of their preferred back line missing out and having to defend on the road, Swansea may not be a reliable source for clean sheets in Taylor's absence.

Nelson Oliveira is hoping to recover from a minor ankle injury and force his way into Garry Monk’s thinking as Swansea travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.

The latest reports suggest Bafetimbi Gomis will be sidelined for around a month because of a hamstring strain and the Portuguese striker looks to be in a straight up battle with Marvin Emnes for a place in the eleven. Despite just one league start Oliveira is confident he can stake a claim while Monk has not closed the door on a permanent move for the Benfica loanee "Everyone needs to take their opportunity. If Nelson gets his chance, as Marvin did last weekend, then hopefully he takes it." Jefferson Montero is expected to return to the match-day squad following his recent absence through injury.
Source: Wales Online
Apr 16 - 6:35 AM

With Kyle Naughton lost for the remainder of the season due to injury and Neil Taylor set to serve his suspension for accumulating his 10th yellow card, bargain replacements from Swansea City are available for one's fantasy XI.

One replacement is clearly obvious, Angel Rangel, who had been a mainstay at right back until Naughton's arrival is the only full back with any senior team experience. He will likely flip over to left back which will give Bartley a chance at right back, though he is a center back by trade. The unfamiliar position should lower expectations of the Swans defense somewhat but they have the benefit of playing the last place Foxes next. If you like their chances defensively there, Rangel and Bartley can be had on the cheap.
Apr 14 - 11:01 AM

Swansea grabbed a share of the spoils against Everton but Garry Monk will be more concerned over the loss of Bafetimbi Gomis who limped off after 17 minutes rather than the two points dropped at the Liberty.

Gomis pulled up moments after a stinging effort which brought a full length fingertip save from Tim Howard with a hamstring problem and post-match Monk confirmed the striker would have a scan on Monday "Hopefully it’s not too serious. We don’t want to lose his quality, we’re already quite thin on the ground." With Nelson Oliveira nursing a minor ankle problem and Jefferson Montero still struggling with a thigh complaint Swansea are looking a little lightweight up front. Marvin Emnes is the only fit attacker currently although Wayne Routledge or Gylfi Sigurdsson can play in a more advanced role if required.
Apr 11 - 2:07 PM

Two of the better form clubs in the league at the moment matched up evenly as Everton and Swansea City played to a 1-1 final, with the Swans getting the equalizer from a Jonjo Shelvey penalty kick.

Each side traded blows but the Swans had the first major chance when Bafetimi Gomis tested Tim Howard with a tough shot on target but the American reacted quickly. Gomis then felt his hamstring fail him, and he was quickly replaced by Marvin Emnes. The Toffees would strike first and enter the break with the advantage but the Swans got their equalizer when Seamus Coleman was penalized for using his hand to guide the ball away from Emnes in the area. Shelvey stepped up and converted for his 3rd league goal. On a down note, Neil Taylor picked up his 10th YC of the season and will be suspended for the next two. With Kyle Naughton already crocked and Angel Rangel back starting, they don't really have an experienced dedicated full back to fill in.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 11 - 11:04 AM

The South Wales Evening Post is reporting that Swansea defender Kyle Naughton's season is over as a result of his ankle injury.

Naughton swiped the right back job from Angel Rangel immediately upon his arrival and along with Jack Cork has impressed immensely for the Swans since both were signed in the January window. Now without him, Garry Monk will likely turn back to Rangel to finish out the season. Rangel becomes the cheapest route to the Swans defense for fantasy purposes now and with their list of fixtures to come, he should be considered as a premium budget option. That said, Ashley Williams is only 1.5m more currently in the Yahoo game and is a better value.
Apr 7 - 11:08 AM

As Swansea close in on their record Premier League points tally Saturdays’ win over Hull City was marred by the loss of full-back Kyle Naughton who was taken to hospital post-match for further tests on an ankle injury.

The former Tottenham defender was challenged by David Meyler early in the second half, a tackle which was deemed dangerous by referee Andre Marriner resulting in the Hull City midfielder receiving his marching orders and subsequent 3-match ban. Kyle Naughton will now face a worrying few days until the extent of the injury is known, however the swelling suggests tissue damage which is likely to mean at least a few weeks on sidelines. Swansea move onto [46] points just one behind their previous best with 7 games still remaining; a remarkable achievement considering the club cashed in on their biggest asset and leading scorer Wilfried Bony during the January transfer window.
Apr 5 - 8:28 AM

Bafetimbi Gomis appears to have settled in at Swansea City and in the Premier League as he scored twice today to guide the Swans to a 3-1 win over Hull City.

Wifried who? It took a while as Gomis had only one goal to his credit since taking over as the main striker for Wilfried Bony before last week, but has now tallied three in the past two, looking comfortable all the while. The Swans took the initial advantage when a long range shot by Jonjo Shelvey was not collected by Allan McGregor and Ki Sung-Yueng smartly followed up the shot and easily poked in the rebound. Then, Gomis scored on a lovely volley resulting from a botched clearance as two Tigers collided mid-air and allowed the ball to fall in the Frenchman's path. The Swans would give one back but put matters to bed late on as a loose ball sent deep found Gomis alone, and he cooly chipped it over the helpless McGregor. With Gomis full of confidence and Swansea amid one of the lighter schedules in the league, he should begin to see an uptick in investment.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 4 - 12:06 PM

Garry Monk has stated that center back Kyle Bartley and defense midfielder Leon Britton are fit and back in contention for Swansea City.

Bartley was given a crack a few months back when Federico Fernandez was injured, starting six successive games, but fell back into a bench role once Fernandez returned and hasn't played a minute since. Britton's story is nearly the same. He has also made six starts as an injury fill-in but is not much of a factor when the squad is healthy. The news is good for the club as it will increase their depth but it has no real fantasy impact heading into the weekend.
Apr 2 - 5:11 PM

Tom Carroll is battling to save his season after suffering an ankle ligament injury while on international duty with England under-21s.

Carroll captained England in Prague last Friday scoring the only goal in a narrow win but the Tottenham loanee may not wear the Swansea colours again with a 4-6 week initial absence suggested. Fortunately the Jacks are pretty well stocked in midfield and although the news is disappointing for the youngster Garry Monk has a number of options following the arrival of Jack Cork in January and the form of team mates Sung-Yueng Ki and Glyfi Sigurdsson. Indeed Carroll has failed to make the match-day squad since the away win at Turf Moor in February suggesting his time at the Liberty Stadium is up. Swansea are also waiting on the results of Jefferson Montero’s [thigh] scan and the winger remains a doubt for GW31 while Leon Britton is hopeful of overcoming a back problem.
Apr 1 - 7:26 AM

Garry Monk is sweating on the fitness of two of his squad members after Jefferson Montero was replaced just before half-time for Ecuador on Sunday while Tom Carroll will also return to the club having limped off for England U21s on Friday.

Montero reportedly suffered a thigh injury - the extent of which is unknown – moments after the Swansea winger had a chance to level a Javier Hernandez opener for Mexico. If confirmed this latest setback could represent Montero’s fourth hamstring injury of the season following his $8 million move from Liga MX side Morelia. The news comes on the back of an English FA statement confirming midfielder Tom Carroll will not be included in the under-21 squad that takes on Germany this Monday after the Tottenham loanee grabbed the winner in Prague on Friday before limping off.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Mar 29 - 3:07 PM

Jack Cork has been a revelation for Swansea City since his transfer from Southampton in January, and is still a cheaper fantasy option than most of his teammates, though that may not last much longer.

We began monitoring Cork and pointing out his production a month ago, and since then, he has continued to thrive both in reality with a Man of the Match award and in fantasy. His past four starts have garnered scores of 15, 10, 14 and 6 in the Yahoo game. Incredibly, he could have been owned for under 6m at the beginning of that run, but his current 8.96m price is still extremely good value for his output. With only a minuscule .55% ownership right now, he is a fantastic difference maker if you find your XI every week to be too similar to your rivals.
Mar 28 - 6:38 PM

Leon Britton is hoping to return to training next week after missing the win at Villa Park because of a pre-existing back problem.

Britton has suffered from a bulging disc for the past two seasons and the problem flared up again during training in the build-up to GW30 – the latest in a line of injury niggles this year. The 32 year-old midfielder didn’t begin his season until November because of a bruised patella and a minor groin strain, illness plus further knee issues have restricted Britton to just six league starts but the player is determined to return following an excellent Swansea campaign. Although competition for places is fierce with Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Tom Carroll, Jay Fulton and January acquisition Jack Cork competing for a starting berth, Britton is confident he can force his way into the side to finish the season on a high.
Mar 28 - 1:54 PM

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