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Wayne Routledge Back For Swansea As Brentford Plot Revenge Mission

Wayne Routledge could return for Swansea City tonight as the club bid to avoid a fifth straight defeat when they host Brentford.

The veteran winger is back in the Swans’ squad after missing Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest because his wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.

Manager Graham Potter has seen his team fade from the margins of the Championship play-off race in recent weeks, although they do still have games in hand on all the clubs above them.

One of those clubs is Brentford, who are two places higher in 13th spot but who collapsed at the Liberty Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February when they lost 4-1.

The Bees are buzzing for revenge and manager Thomas Frank has said they plan to make amends for their second-half capitulation when they conceded four goals after leading 1-0.

“We need to play like we did before for two halves this time – not one,” said Frank.

“Swansea are a good footballing side. Like us, they like to build from the back and keep the ball and you have two teams that can dominate on the ball.

“But it was 4-1 last time, so we need to make amends for that and go and win 4-0.”

Swans defender Joe Rodon is nearing a return from a broken metatarsal but the match will come too soon.

Midfielder Leroy Fer (hamstring), goalkeeper Erwin Mulder (broken finger) and full-back Martin Olsson (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Brentford could be without defender Yoann Barbet for the trip after he rolled his ankle in the weekend’s goalless draw at Wigan.

Barbet was one of a number of players to need treatment in a match which saw manager Frank criticise Wigan’s physical approach, though Frank is optimistic they have avoided any further fresh injuries.

Romaine Sawyers did not make the trip with a minor ankle injury but should be fit for Tuesday night.

Lewis MacLeod made his return from a hamstring problem as a substitute but Rico Henry (foot) and Daniel Bentley (shoulder) are continuing their own recoveries.


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