Carvalhal confident over duo’s fitness
SWANSEA City are hopeful Luciano Narsingh (above) and Sam Clucas will be fit to feature against Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.
Dutch winger Narsingh made his first Premier League start under Carlos Carvalhal against Everton on Saturday and had made some threatening forward runs before suffering a foot injury which forced him off at half-time.
He is due to be assessed today when Swansea return to training.
“He twisted his ankle. It does not look too serious but we must wait 48 hours and after that we will know exactly what happened with him,” said Carvalhal.
Midfielder Clucas, meanwhile, sat out the game against the Toffees after injuring his knee in a challenge in training, aggravating the issue he had picked up against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Defender Mike van der Hoorn was fit enough for a place on the bench having suffered a shoulder injury against West Brom, but Carvalhal opted not to risk him from the start. But the 25-year-old will be in contention for a starting role come Sunday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad Stadium.
“Sam was injured in the week, he had a kick and he twisted the knee,” said Carvalhal.
“If you look at the way he recovered after Manchester United, then we can expect he will be ready.
“It is a small problem. Before, he recovered in three or four days and it was okay but he was hurt just two days before the Everton game so it was a short time to recover.
“Also, Mike was on the bench. If it was necessary we would have used him.
“It was just in case, but with him being on the bench of course it means he is available.”
Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony are long-term absentees, while the ongoing wait for Renato Sanches to return to South Wales goes on.
“There will be a scan for him on Monday and Tuesday, and if it is okay and he is ready to start training, then he will be back,” added Carvalhal.