Russell Martin gave a fitness boost to his squad and supporters ahead of their trip to Preston North End, speaking in his pre-match press conference this morning.
Swansea City are sitting just one point above Saturday’s opponents and will be hoping to stretch the two point gap between themselves and the relegation zone on the cusp of the first international break of the season. The former Milton Keynes Dons manager had this update for the fans.
He said: “Obviously Benno (Ryan Bennett) and Naughts (Kyle Naughton) are back. Pato (Jamie Paterson) and Grimesy (Matt Grimes) will be involved on Saturday. We’re just waiting for Flynn (Flynn Downes) and Ben (Ben Cabango) to come back.”
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"Obviously Benno and Naughts are back. Pato and Grimesy will be involved on Saturday.
"We're just waiting for Flynn and Ben to come back."
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 26, 2021
It was a stress relieving 1-0 win at Bristol City last Friday evening for the Swans, keeping a clean sheet with an incredibly youthful backline. Ben Cabango’s return to the side will be a welcome one, but it does not seem likely until the first league outing of September.
Ryan Bennett could add some experience to the backline at Deepdale, with specialist left back Ryan Manning playing in the middle of a back three at Ashton Gate, adapting well to the new set of responsibilities, however a selection made out of necessity more than anything else.
Martin was not getting carried away after last week’s victory, clearly aware that the Swans are not posting the numbers of a play-off pushing side in the infancy of his reign.
Ben Cabango feels like a huge player at the club this season, still yet to fully recover from injury, the 21-year-old was such a reliable defender for them last season alongside Marc Guehi, and the Wales international stands out as a player who could develop into a player of a far higher standard than the Championship under Russell Martin.
Swansea’s best players will be of interest to a fair few clubs in the final days of the window, a win at Deepdale would have them pushing in the right direction and go some way to persuading their talents that they will be competitive in the top half of the division this season.