Monk set for Swansea return

Captain Garry Monk is set for a first appearance of the season in Swansea’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

Captain Garry Monk is set for a first appearance of the season in Swansea’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

The defender is likely to return from a niggling foot problem, and his availability is a welcome boost for manager Brendan Rodgers, who is faced with a defensive crisis.

Monk and Ashley Williams are the only fit centre-halves that Rodgers can call upon, with Alan Tate (broken leg) and Steven Caulker (knee) injured and deadline-day signings Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche unable to join the club after FIFA denied them international clearance.

Midfielder Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and striker Craig Beattie (ankle) are also out. The former’s absence meaning Joe Allen will keep his place in midfield, with Wayne Routledge set to return to the side after missing the defeat at Arsenal.

Provisional squad: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Bodde, Britton, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer, Dobbie, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Moreira, Ranel, Allen, Tremmel, Gower, Richards.

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