Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has issued a fresh injury update ahead of his side’s clash with high-flying Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.
The Welsh side will be looking to end their three-match winless run when they host Scott Parker’s side, with the Swans having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Millwall and drawn 1-1 with Huddersfield in their two matches since the international break.
The Huddersfield clash saw Swansea take the lead courtesy of Jay Fulton before Karlan Grant levelled the scores, but Cooper’s side also suffered a potential injury blow at the John Smith’s Stadium as Mike van der Hoorn was forced off injured.
Van der Hoorn had been an ever-present figure in the league for Swansea until this point, but he was made to sit out the second half of the midweek clash following a poor challenge, and he was replaced by Ben Cabango who impressed on his league debut.
Speaking to WalesOnline, Cooper has now declared that the Dutchman is a doubt to feature against the Cottagers, but he also insisted the club will do all they can to give him the best chance of featuring.
“We hope he’ll be okay,” Cooper said.
“It was a bad tackle and a disappointing one I have to say. All the boys will be desperate to play. They’re giving themselves every chance.”
Cooper then went on to admit that another serious centre-back injury would create a problem given that Joe Rodon is already out for a significant period, but the Swansea boss then stated that he does have a contingency plan in place.
“Four CBs is pretty normal in the squad. Obviously Joe’s out longer term,” he added.
“Another injury there is a little problematic. Naughton can play there. Bidwell’s played there on many occasions. You have that plan B. I’ve no problems with Benny Cabango either.
“I don’t think Mike will be out long-term but if he is out for a bit it could be a problem.”
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It does not seem as though van der Hoorn suffered a particularly serious injury during the Huddersfield match, and this will come as a relief for Swansea who are already looking thin in defence following Rodon’s long-term lay-off.
Tuesday night proved that Swansea have a promising replacement for van der Hoorn in Cabango, but it may come too soon for him to receive a prolonged run in the side given his lack of experience at this level.
Cabango has definitely proven he can cope with the demands of the Championship for the next few matches if required, but it would be more of a concern if van der Hoorn is ruled out for longer.