Fernandez back, but unlikely to faceWBA
FEDERICO Fernandez looks unlikely to feature in Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium meeting with West Brom after returning to training following the death of his father.
The 28-year-old (pictured) missed the games against Bournemouth, Chelsea and Stoke after his dad passed away the night before the clash with the Cherries.
He headed back to Argentina on the Saturday morning and was on compassionate leave for just over a week before reporting for duty at Fairwood on Monday.
The centre-half, who has skippered the Swans for the majority of the season, played for the club’s under-23 side against Colchester United Reserves last night.
But head coach Clement is not planning to rush the former Napoli man back into his starting line-up for the meeting with the Baggies.
When asked if Fernandez was in his plans for the Premier League fixture, Clement said: “More than likely, no.
“But he’s not going to play 90 minutes for the under-23s, it will be more like 60.
“If there are any issues with the other group going into the weekend then we may have to use him. The plan is thinking ahead to Manchester City.”
But Clement was pleased to have Fernandez back in his squad ahead of ahead of a tricky run of fixtures that include games against Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool.
“Federico has rejoined training. He was back in on Monday. He is going to get some minutes for the under-23s which will good in getting him back up to match pace as if he wasn’t going to start on Saturday that would be three weeks without a game,” added Clement. “So the plan for him is to very much focus on preparations for Manchester City in midweek. “He is OK, it has been a difficult time for him. I believe his father had struggled with illness over the last couple of years. So, although it was very sad news, I don’t think it was totally a shock. “It’s good to have him back, when you lose someone close to you it is a very difficult period but he seems in decent spirits and is happy to be back.”