Swans fac­ing dou­ble blow as Sanches and Bony are doubts

Western Mail - - SPORT - An­drew Gwilym Foot­ball writer an­drew.gwilym@waleson­line.co.uk

SWANSEA City are fac­ing a dou­ble in­jury blow with sum­mer sign­ings Re­nato Sanches and Wil­fried Bony rated as doubt­ful to face Hud­der­s­field Town to­mor­row.

Sanches picked up a thigh strain while away on in­ter­na­tional duty as Por­tu­gal booked their place at next sum­mer’s World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia, and played no part in their games against An­dorra and Switzer­land.

The 20-year-old, on loan at the Lib­erty Sta­dium from Bay­ern Mu­nich, had looked to be dis­cov­er­ing a lit­tle bit of form after an un­cer­tain start to life in SA1, and head coach Paul Cle­ment could have done with­out the prob­lem which has ren­dered him “a big doubt” for the week­end.

“Re­nato Sanches is a big doubt, he picked up a mi­nor thigh strain train­ing with Por­tu­gal,” said Cle­ment.

“It looks like it will rule him out on Satur­day. It is dis­ap­point­ing for Re­nato, he has im­proved and his fit­ness has im­proved but it is a short term in­jury and if he misses out this week­end he could and should be fit for the game after against Le­ices­ter.”

Striker Bony, mean­while, is be­ing mon­i­tored after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort while away with the Ivory Coast.

The for­mer Manch­ester City man was with­drawn at half-time in the de­feat to West Ham with a tight ham­string, but a sub­se­quent scan re­vealed no in­jury.

How­ever, it has since been dis­cov­ered that the 28-year-old has a nerve prob­lem in his calf which was caus­ing him to ex­pe­ri­ence tight­ness in his ham­string.

He has re­ceived treat­ment back at Swansea’s Fair­wood base this week, but Cle­ment will give Bony as much time as pos­si­ble to prove his fit­ness, although he ac­cepts he may not be ready to start.

“We are mon­i­tor­ing Wil­fried closely, he re­joined train­ing to­day. We will have to as­sess him over the next cou­ple of days and see how he is. He is 50/50 for a start,” said Cle­ment.

“He went away and they, the Ivory Coast, did a scan, which showed a lit­tle bit of some­thing in the calf.

“But it wasn’t clear whether that was an old in­jury and showed a bit of scar tis­sue which was af­fect­ing a nerve which went up to his ham­string. “That ba­si­cally hap­pened. “He was good to go, given the all­clear by us and the Ivory Coast but he didn’t feel com­fort­able and, at that point, he said ‘It’s best that I don’t take part’.

“So he re­turned and came back last week­end and he had treat­ment for the first cou­ple of days and was rein­te­grated back in in­di­vid­u­ally, and then he re­joined the group on Thurs­day.

“That’s the point where we’re at. I’ll speak to the med­i­cal staff and to Wil­fried about how he feels and whether he thinks he can con­trib­ute on the week­end.”

There is some good in­jury news for Cle­ment, with winger Nathan Dyer and mid­fielder Ki Sung-yueng in con­tention for se­lec­tion fol­low­ing Achilles and knee in­juries re­spec­tively.

> Carlo Ancelotti and Paul Cle­ment at Bay­ern Mu­nich

> Re­nato Sanches

> Wil­fried Bony

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