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Blackburn Rovers 0 v 1 Swansea City
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Saturday, 28th October 2023 Kick-off 15:00
Swansea City head north today with injury concerns
Thursday, 26th Oct 2023 15:12 by Liam Walters

The Swans take on Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and beforehand will stay at St George’s Park to ready themselves for the fixture. It seems two more casualties will be added to the injury list, regardless of the ‘hope’ things can get better.

Injuries are the main talking point this week and our columnist Andrew Winfield referenced them this morning in his exacting feature on Swansea City.

Duff options ?

As did the website this week.

Injuries killing the season

In Michael Duff’s own words. “ I don’t think we have had a lot of luck this season. The four games that we have won, we have been comfortable winners. I’m not sure we have had loads of luck, even at the weekend we could have had a penalty. We’ve hit the crossbar, so yes, it’s not that we want to be relying on luck but over the season we hope that it evens out”

You have to agree with the Swans head coach, the last two games were luckless. To an extent anyway. There is a feeling the Swans could have shipped four or five goals on Saturday against Leicester ( they didn’t is the point of those who disagree ) And the penalty shout was as obvious as can be, to some, however the referee in these times of a lack of communication between officials and the media hasn’t clarified his standpoint. That leaves fans posing the questions and taking sides on such incidents with little or no guidance as to why they are made.

Both Josh Key and Mykola Kukharevych have travelled to St George’s Park today more in hope than confidently assured they will play a role on Saturday. The latest we have is they are extremely unlikely to play. That leaves Jerry Yates up front, and we can assume that’s where he will start on Saturday. The defensive issues with Key potentially not involved and Harrison Ashby, although fit, he is recovering from Tuesday nights game with extreme cramping. Duff has some decisions to make. Ben Cabango is an option again but Bashir Humphreys and Harry Darling haven’t done a lot wrong during his absence. The temptation for Duff is to include all of them in a defensive three, or pushing Bashir out to left back where he is anything but comfortable.

We believe Cabango will start on the bench.

We have been told Charlie Patino is assured of a start despite not getting any game time on Tuesday night. That ‘could’ see him replacing Jay Fulton in midfield. Duff commented today. “Ben Cabango comes into the thinking, which is a positive. Other than that, Mykola and Josh are touch and go as to whether they will be fit. We will wait and see” That’s more about playing his cards close to his chest in Duff’s case, we can only hope …

Swansea City take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday, kick off is 3pm.

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