Michael Laudrup has concerns at the back ahead of the home clash against Sunderland. Ashley Williams is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Ben Davies remains a doubt after pulling out of Wales’ recent World Cup squad – Jordi Amat will continue in place of Williams, while Neil Taylor is on standby if Davies fails to make it. Michel Vorm is expected to recover from the hand problem that forced him to miss Holland’s midweek match with Turkey, though. In midfield, there’s better news, with Jonathan de Guzman, Pablo Hernandez and Leon Britton all set to be available after recent injuries. Wilfried Bony will be optimistic of retaining his starting berth after being handed his first 90 minutes of the season by Laudrup last time around.
Gus Poyet is without Ki Sung-Yeung for the trip to Swansea, as the on-loan midfielder cannot play against his parent club. The new Sunderland boss has revealed Steven Fletcher will return from a dislocated shoulder, though it remains to be seen whether he will ease the Scot tentatively back into action. Phil Bardsley could also be in contention for his first appearance after a foot injury, while Kieran Westwood is expected to recover from the shoulder problem that forced him to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad.