Swansea aim to push back up into the play-offs amid star transfer rumours


A win for the Swans on Saturday will put the Welsh side back amongst the top six and in good stead for the remainder of the season.

They take on Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium who currently sit 21st in the championship table, only four points clear from the relegation zone.

Steve Cooper’s side have found fine form in recent league games after the teams embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup.

Last weekend’s fixture saw the former Premier League side come back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 at home as youngsters Rhian Brewster and Conor Gallagher shone.

Despite the recent success of the team, two star players have been linked with moves away from the Liberty Stadium as Bercant Celina and Andre Ayew are being targeted by top flight teams.

Team news:

Wales international Joe Rodon could return to action this weekend after a long recovery process on an ankle injury from earlier on in the season.

Rodon will be without his defensive partner Mike Van Der Hoorn, who remains out with a knee problem as Swansea fans pray for his recovery.

Stoke will be without starlet Tyrese Campbell who suffered a hamstring tear after scoring the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Lee Gregory is expected to start ahead of Campbell after coming on for the 20 year old against the league leaders.

Steve Cooper:

“But if we are coming back from going a goal down then it’s a good sign. It shows even with a young team we’re not willing to give up. We are ready to fight and get over barriers, and teams that are successful are able to do that.

“Hopefully we won’t have too many times to come from behind, but it’s good if we can recover.”

Michael O’Neill:

“Tyrese won’t be fit for tomorrow, we are optimistic that he could possibly be fit for the Derby County game, we’ll look at that.

“A lot of work has been done on him and we will have him rescanned this week to just be a bit more specific in terms of a time frame.

“We are optimistic but we have to be careful that we don’t rush him back too soon.”


Games played: 73

Swansea wins: 23

Draws: 21

Stoke wins: 29


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