Stoke City v Swansea City: Latest team news

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Striker Andre Ayew will again be absent when Swansea target a Barclays Premier League victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Ayew, who missed the Swans’ 1-0 win against Aston Villa, is continuing his recovery from an ankle injury and is on course for a return when Chelsea visit the Liberty Stadium in eight days’ time.

Elsewhere, Jefferson Montero and Modou Barrow were due back in training on Friday following international commitments with Ecuador and Gambia, respectively.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fer, Cork, Routledge, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Paloschi, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Bartley, Britton, Ki, Montero, Barrow, Gomis, Emnes, Kingsley.

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Stoke have considerable injury problems to contend with as they prepare for Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea.

Since beating Watford in their last outing on March 19, the Potters have seen Jack Butland (ankle) and Jonathan Walters (knee) ruled out for the rest of the season and a minimum of three weeks respectively.

Ryan Shawcross (back), Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson (both knee) all remain unavailable, Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) is unlikely to feature and there will be late fitness tests on Glenn Whelan and Geoff Cameron. Erik Pieters is fit to return after his calf problem, and Jakob Haugaard is expected to replace Butland in goal.

Provisional squad: Haugaard, Given, Wollscheid, Cameron, Teixeira, Muniesa, Pieters, Bardsley, Imbula, Whelan, Adam, Ireland, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan, Joselu, Crouch, Diouf.

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