Swans missing forward for Villa visit

Andre Ayew will once again be missing for Swansea when they face Aston Villa on Saturday but Mo Barrow is expected to play.

Swansea: Swans missing forward for Villa visitSwansea: Swans missing forward for Villa visit

Ayew sat out last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth and the Swans hope their leading eight-goal marksman will be fit straight after the international break after flying to France for treatment this week.

There is better news on Barrow, who scored his first goal for the club at Bournemouth, after he was able to shake off the effects of a hamstring niggle.

Jefferson Montero should return to the bench after a bout of flu, as head coach Francesco Guidolin ends a three-game absence from the dugout following a chest infection.

Guidolin believes Saturday’s visit of Villa could be Swansea’s most important match of the season, as the Welsh outfit look to open up an 11-point gap on those sides in the bottom three with a win.

“Maybe this is the most important game of the season and we only have to be focused on Saturday,” said Guidolin. “Only the present is important, the match against Aston Villa, not the future.

“It will not be easy. I know this situation because I have many matches behind me and know how difficult a match like this is.

“My team has to play well with concentration and intensity, as if it is a final.”

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fer, Cork, Routledge, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Paloschi, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Bartley, Britton, Ki, Montero, Barrow, Gomis, Emnes, Kingsley.

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