Swansea have been known as a passing side who dominated possession – particularly at home – ever sine they were promoted to the Premier League from the Championship in 2011.
But, after some untidy defensive displays this season, Swans skipper Fernandez believes they are no longer comfortable on the ball and that’s an issue
The midfielder is sidelined until the international break with a thigh injury.
McCarthy has confirmed he has no new injury problems, just tired players, after the 3-2 defeat at Leeds on Saturday.
Skipper Luke Chambers took a whack to the ribs at Elland Road but is fit to play, while Adam Webster is
The Potters centre back spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gas, rejoining the club in August – this time on a season-long loan deal.
Sweeney, who came off the bench to score a vital late goal against Blackpool on Saturday, admitted Clarke was behind his returned to the club.
Traore has been ruled out for Boro’s last three games after failing in an appeal over his red card against Aston Villa last month.
Full-back Fabio will be given a late test by Monk after limping off midway through Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Fulham.
Captain Grant Leadbitter is expected to be available despite
Rafa Benitez was linked with a deadline-day swoop for the 24-year-old Kosovo international last month, but nothing materialised on that front.
It was suggested that Newcastle and Leicester were both keen on the player, who could have made a loan move with a view to a £12million permanent switch.
And Leicester City were
Arsenal will be hoping to continue their impressive consecutive home winning record against West Brom when the Baggies visit the Emirates on Monday night. The Gunners have claimed all three points against the Midlands club at their home venue for the last seven years and will be eager to sweep aside Tony Pulis’ men once
Slutsky will check on winger Kamil Grosicki, who missed Saturday’s draw at Reading due to a knock, but has no new injury or suspension worries.
Midfielder Markus Henriksen and striker Nouha Dicko will be pushing for recalls after dropping to the bench at the weekend, while Jackson Irvine, who made his first league start
The midfielder was only named as a substitute at Aston Villa because of a minor injury and he made a positive impact when introduced from the bench on Saturday.
Full-back Danny Fox missed the defeat at Villa Park with a minor niggle but he should be back in contention.
David Vaughan, out for
The striker came off the bench to score two goals in the second half against the Cherries on Saturday to hand the Blues an important 2-1 win over their fellow strugglers.
It marked a spectacular turnaround for the the Senegal international, who was not allowed to train with the first team when Koeman took
Conte was surprisingly linked with a return to his home country over the summer despite leading Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first year as manager.
Both former club Juventus and fellow Serie A giants Inter have been credited with an interest in trying to lure Conte back and the speculation that