Date:Friday July 31 2009
Swansea City play their final home pre-season friendly tomorrow afternoon when Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock visit the Liberty Stadium.
With UD Almeria withdrawing from the original friendly for this day due to swine flu, Killie stepped in to take on Paulo Sousa's side.
The Portuguese boss is looking to trim the squad down to 24 or 25 players, and with 32 currently on our books, the players have been urged to prove themselves as Sousa is set to decide who will stay and who will go next week.
While the fringe players will be looking to prove that they are worthy of staying at the club, others will be aiming to earn themselves a place in the starting eleven for the season's opening game at Championship new-boys Leicester City on Saturday August 8th.
Sousa should have no fresh injury concerns after his side played 4 games in as many days during the Spain Pre-Season Tour.
Full backs Angel Rangel and Marcos Painter are gaining fitness following injuries while Darren Pratley is still sidelined and will be for the next few weeks with a shoulder injury.
Sousa has experimented with a number of different line-ups and formations as he continues to work out which system works best with the players he has. 4-5-1, 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 have all been tried out recently and tomorrow will be another chance for the fans to see what sort of line-up we could possibly see against Leicester next week. However, things could still change during the week as the 38 year-old is still looking to sign more players, a striker and a defender seem to be high on his wanted list.
'It's closer to the style of game we will face in the Championship,'
'It will be completely different to the teams we have already played this pre-season and it will be a good exercise for us.'
'When you have the possibility to train and play in these games you have the possibility to prove yourself,' the 38-year-old told Swans Player.
'My ideas of what side I pick for Leicester are clearer following the time I have spent with the players, but I won't be making any final decisions on a team until next week.
'I don't have one team, I have a squad and each and every single player will be fighting for a place in the team.'
Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies:
"I'm looking forward to it. We've got a couple of injuries so we'll have to play a few of the younger lads, but we'll be as strong as we can,'
'Swansea will provide us with a good test. We know they had a really good season last year, but we'll give it our best shot.''
Kilmarnock will be looking to bounce back from their recent 3-2 defeat against Partick Thistle, while the Swans are looking to follow on from Monday's 2-1 win against Sabadell.
The visitors could hand a debut to new striker signing Mark Burchill. Jordi Lopez could make his home debut for the Swans.
Date:Friday July 31 2009
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