Taylor set to return

22 Aug

Swansea defender Neil Taylor will be involved for the first time this season in the EFL Cup tie at Peterborough.

Swansea: Taylor set to returnSwansea: Taylor set to return

Taylor had an extended break after Wales reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last month and will feature in a much-changed side, which could see Ki Sung-yueng, Jefferson Montero, Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer make their first starts of the season.

Former Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn is in line for his debut, but striker Borja Baston misses out again as Swansea’s record signing nurses a leg injury.

Boss Francesco Guidolin will rotate his squad against their League One opponents, but he feels Swansea are capable of competing on both league and cup fronts this season.

“I think my squad is strong enough if we don’t have injuries,” said Guidolin. “We can be focused on the Premier League and the cup.”

Guidolin has yet to take charge of a cup tie in England as he was appointed in January following Swansea’s shock FA Cup exit at Oxford.

Swansea won the League Cup in 2013 and the Italian wants the club to have another run in the competition – currently on offer at 40/1 with Titanbet to go all the way.

“The cups in the UK are important and I want to respect this attitude,” said Guidolin. “We will go to Peterborough with a good team, try to win and continue in the competition.

“We hope to go a long way and have a fantastic FA Cup, to try and stay in all competitions.”

Provisional squad: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Amat, van der Hoorn, Taylor, Britton, Ki, Fulton, Dyer, Montero, Sigurdsson, Fabianski, Birighitti, Naughton, Fernandez, Kingsley, Cork, Fer, Routledge, Barrow, Llorente, McBurnie.


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