Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has revealed that Andre Ayew and Conor Hourihane have not trained ahead of the Good Friday clash against Birmingham City.
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"Andre is back but he had a bit of a knock playing for Ghana.
"Conor Hourihane came off playing against Cardiff, so they both have a chance of playing but they're not training at the moment. We'll see how it goes by the time Friday comes."
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Hourihane was forced off in the defeat to rivals Cardiff last time out, whilst Ayew has picked up an issue on international duty with Ghana.
And, speaking to the club’s official media, Cooper gave an update on the pair, who he is willing to give until the last minute to prove their fitness.
“Andre is back but he had a bit of a knock playing for Ghana. Hourihane came off playing against Cardiff, so they both have a chance of playing but they’re not training at the moment. We’ll see how it goes by the time Friday comes.”
Missing either of the experienced duo would be a major blow for Swansea, as they have been hugely influential.
Hourihane has scored five goals in 13 games since his loan move from Aston Villa, and Ayew is the top scorer at the Liberty Stadium this term with 14 goals.
The Swans need to bounce back from successive defeats as they look to keep pace with Watford in the race for a top two finish.
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It’s a positive for the Swans that Cooper hasn’t ruled the pair out, although it’s clearly going to be touch and go as to whether they make it.
The importance of the duo is clear to see, but it’s important that the Swans don’t rush them back, as they need to look to the bigger picture, and there is a lot of football to be played after this game.
So, it will be interesting to see if they do start, and if they do miss out, those on the fringes need to step up.
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