Date:Tuesday September 29 2009
Paulo Sousa says it'll be easy picking his team for tonight's game away at Doncaster Rovers because he doesn't have many players to choose from.
The Swansea City boss had Leon Britton, Andrea Orlandi and Cedric Van Der Gun missing for Saturday's win at home to Sheffield United and his injury problems have got worse with the news that Ferrie Bodde will miss the rest of the season.
Jordi Lopez and Nathan Dyer will both serve a one-match ban tonight as they each picked up two bookings and got sent off on Saturday.
Fede Bessone also suffered an injury on the weekend and was forced off the pitch during the game. Ashley Williams moved into a defensive midfield role as Alan Tate moved into to centre back. If Bessone or Painter don't return from injury, Williams will return to defence.
In Midfield, Besian Idrizaj will be pushing for a start after scoring 4 goals in 2 Reserves games recently.
Tom Butler should replace Nathan Dyer on the right wing with Mark Gower likely to keep his place on the opposite flank.
Lee Trundle may also start in attacking midfield to fill in the gaps.
Paulo Sousa told the Official site about tonight's game:
'It should make it easier to pick the side because I've only got so many players left,''
'But that's the reality of the situation. We've got to live with it, get on with it and do our best.
'We got what we deserved against Sheffield United - three points - and we are confident in ourselves to get another three points at Doncaster.
'The winning mentality we showed against Sheffield needs to be present every day and every game.
'We are a strong family here and I can guarantee you that everyone will work hard for each other.
'We need to cross the road together, not separate, and people should be positive and proud of the work we are doing in such difficult circumstances.''
Doncaster Rovers are currently only one place below us in the Championship table with 9 points.
They're undefeated at home in the League, winning 1 and drawing 3. They are yet to win on their travels. They've drawn their last 2 games and haven't won in the last 4.
Last season's match at the Keepmoat Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw, with Dimi Konstantopoulos making a late penalty save for the Swans to keep the scores goalless at full time.
In January 2008, we beat Rovers 4-0 away as we went on to win the League One Title.
Date:Tuesday September 29 2009
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