Injury Update

A player who has excelled in fits and starts this season, Jefferson Montero once again impressed at Newcastle on Saturday. His constant threat down the left was too much for Janmaat to handle, and the Ecuadorian twisted and turned time and time again, getting an assist (for Sigurdsson’s goal) for his efforts.

That’s actually Jeff’s sixth assist in just eleven starts this season (plus a further 16 sub appearances), and per ninety minutes there are only two players who grab assists more frequently in the Premier League. Angel Di Maria & Cesc Fabregas (both 0.6) slightly trump Montero’s 0.4, but given Montero is less established than the aforementioned pair – and has enjoyed less regular game-time – it really is impressive stuff from the man from Morelia.

Sadly Jeff felt his thigh in the 3-2 win at Newcastle, and it’s not the first time he’s had a problem there this season. He’s already spent multiple spells on the sideline, and if he has once again hurt his thigh it’ll mark a disappointing end to the season for Montero who has clearly got all the talent necessary to succeed.

The Swans are however hopeful that the injury isn’t too serious, and that Montero won’t spend too long out this time around:

“Jeff just felt some tightness so we took him off as a precaution. We are down to the bare bones as it is, but Jeff could have carried on if we’d needed him to.

“He said he could stay on but we didn’t want to risk anything because there was some tightness there.”

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Sad news for Swansea City fans today – Bafetimbi Gomis has been ruled out for around four weeks with the hamstring problem picked up while taking a shot against Everton.

Gomis’ absence will potentially hit the Swans hard, and it’s come at a time when the Frenchman had finally started to hit some form – scoring three goals in his two prior games. Gomis will be desperate to return before the season’s end, such has been his recent desire to prove himself to the Swansea faithful – and to British football fans in general.

With loan striker Nelson Oliveira the only other real option it’s handy that the Portuguese has just been declared available following a foot problem, and he’ll likely lead the line against Leicester this weekend.

Thankfully, he’s clearly up for it.

“I’ve had to be patient waiting for my chance, but that’s understandable. It’s normal that when you join a very good team who are doing well and eighth in the table, then you have to wait for your chance.

“Bafe has also been doing very well and scoring goals. He’s a good player and person and I feel for him because of the injury. He’s been in a good moment and is important to the team.

“I’m not happy he is injured, but if it gives me a chance then I really want to take it; work hard, play well and help the team.

“It would be nice to score my first goal for the club, but it doesn’t really matter who scores the goals as long as the team wins. That’s the most important thing, but of course it would be even better if I could score.

“I’m always confident in my own ability. And I know, the more I play the more confident I will get.’’

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Let’s hope that this weekend Oliveira takes his chance. If he wants to make his move permanent, scoring some goals against Leicester would be a great start.

After picking up a thigh injury on international duty for Ecuador against Mexico last weekend, Jefferson Montero now faces a fitness test before a decision is made on whether he’s available for this weekend’s clash with Hull City.

Having provided the assist for the winning goal against Aston Villa he’ll be desperate to be available for selection, but with Wayne Routledge in resurgent form, plus Nathan Dyer & Marvin Emnes waiting in the wings for their chance, it seems unlikely Montero will feature if there is any element of risk involved.

Montero has shown great potential this season, aiding the Swans’ cause with five assists despite only starting ten matches. With eight games left to play this season he will be keen to impress, but may find himself having to wait until next weekend’s matchup with Everton.

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Swansea City’s on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll is facing a minimum of 4-6 weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage picked up on international duty with England U21s.

Carroll sustained the injury while scoring the winner in their 1-0 victory at Czech Republic, and England U21 boss Gareth Southgate described his performance as that “of a true captain”. He had to hobble off minutes after scoring the only goal of the game, and now faces a spell on the sidelines as he bids to regain full fitness as soon as possible.

With his loan deal at Swansea expiring at the end of the season he has now returned to Tottenham for treatment, and is unlikely to feature for the Swans again owing to the length of the layoff he now faces.

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Swansea’s Jefferson Montero is unlikely to play against Hull this weekend, having picked up an injury on international duty for Ecuador.

While the club is still awaiting confirmation as to the extent of the injury, given he’s previously suffered a thigh complaint this season it’s unlikely the winger will be risked against Hull.

With Swansea having opted for a diamond formation of late it’s unclear whether this will change Garry Monk’s plans, but with Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge & Marvin Emnes all available if he were to opt for wingers he still has plenty of options to choose from.

Swansea winger Jefferson Montero was in action for Ecuador against Mexico last night – a match they would go on to lose 1-0 owing to a great strike from Chicharito.

Montero was sadly withdrawn before half-time, and from reports surfacing online the problem seemed to be a thigh complaint picked up in the minutes before half-time.

With Ecuador scheduled to play Argentina on Wednesday it’s currently unclear whether Montero will return to the Swans for treatment or whether – if it’s not a serious problem – he’ll remain with the national side.

The flying winger has been excellent if inconsistent this season for Swansea City, with five assists in just ten league starts.

Aston Villa should welcome back Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Keiran Richardson and Ally Cissokho, with all set to shake off various knocks and strains. Alan Hutton & Jack Grealish both return from suspension, but Senderos, Kozak & Herd all miss out with long-term injuries.

Swansea only have Kyle Bartley out with a knee problem, while Federico Fernandez should return after missing the game against Liverpool for personal reasons.

With Aston Villa buoyed by Sherwood’s arrival and Swansea close to full strength, this should be a fascinating fixture. It’s impossible to predict which system the Swans will go with, which will make it more difficult for the Villa boss to assess his opponents.

For the Swans, Villa look a dangerous opponents. We may well revert to wingers in an effort to control the game, and if that’s the case it’ll be very interesting to see how the two systems affect each other. If the Swans go with a 4-2-3-1 they should be able to boss possession, but that’s assuming Sherwood doesn’t switch his tactics to match us.

If he does that (Benteke up top, Agbonlahor left & N’Zogbia right) then it really will be intriguing to see how the game pans out.

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