The Swans have an opportunity to defeat a playoff rival Blackburn Rovers at Ewood. The Blackburn Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan was suspended for the hosts after getting his 10th yellow card of the season in his team’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City. Players Joe Rothwell and Sam Gallagher have returned from their injuries after the play with the Stokes. However, Blackburn Rovers have concerns about their fitness. Midfielders Lewis Holtby and Bradley Dack will not be playing in the match.
On the Swansea City’s side, Midfielder Wayne Routledge will not be playing because of his knee injury, defender Mike Van Der Hoorn because of a knee injury and midfielder George Byers because of an ankle injury. Despite all these shortcomings, Swansea City is hopeful that Bersant Celina may return to the game after being off-field during the match with Fulham where they lost by 1-0 due to illness.
Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper has said that the match will be a tough one. A previous midweek game at the home ground was difficult for them. He added that his team was disappointed about not winning that match. He also believes that the penalty decisions were not in their favor that day. Cooper said that after the match with Fulham and especially the way their penalties were treated in the match, his team will have to use its anger and frustration to come forward and make a positive and strong impact in the game so that they can show the best of them.
The Swansea City manager Steve Cooper concluded that in order to stand strong against the Blackburn Rovers, he and his team would need to stay together and start strong. They would need to plan and play as should be done by the team.