Swansea v Barnsley preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:27

Swansea v Barnsley preview

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call on defender Alan Tate for the home clash with Barnsley.
Tate was sent off during the 4-0 defeat at QPR on Boxing Day following a melee which also saw Rangers’ Clint Hill dismissed.
Both defenders saw red for violent conduct, thus incurring a three-match ban, but the Swans have chosen to appeal the decision which means vice-captain Tate can face Barnsley.
If the appeal fails, Tate’s three-match ban could be increased while Rodgers may look to make changes following Sunday’s hammering at Loftus Road.
Rodgers said: “It wasn’t a good day for us, but with games coming thick and fast we can’t dwell on it. We’ve got to get this performance out of our system straight away and go again.”
Tom Butler (thigh) and Ferrie Bodde (knee) remain long-term absentees.
Barnsley manager Mark Robins was unhappy with the manner of his side’s Boxing Day defeat at home to Burnley and could opt to freshen his side up at the Liberty Stadium.
On-loan striker Paul Hayes will be hoping to benefit from any changes Robins may make after he came on as a second-half substitute at Oakwell on Sunday.
Robins is still unable to pick striker Garry O’Connor after he turned his loan move from Birmingham into a permanent one and he will remain sidelined until the January 3 clash with Coventry.
Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension problems of note, but there will be no place in the squad either for injured defenders Jay McEveley and Luke Potter (both knee).

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