Car­val­hal con­fi­dent over duo’s fit­ness

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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.

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