Swansea City boss provides injury update on influential defender ahead of Leeds United clash
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Swansea won 1-0 at Hull City on Saturday but a positive day on the road was somewhat hindered when Naughton came off midway through the second-half. The 35-year-old has been much-needed in recent weeks in the absence of fellow defenders Harry Darling, Josh Key and Harrison Ashby.
Leeds are the Championship's form team in 2024 with six straight league wins, the most recent of which came on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Rotherham. Swansea are the latest team hoping to end that run and Williams hopes to have his experienced defender available for the clash.
"I think he has cramp," Williams said of Naughton. "Hopefully when it settles down we won't have a problem and there's not a tear or something like that. But what a player. What a player.
"For sure [he's in contention], because if it's cramp he's going to recover very quickly from that and he'll be ready to go again. If it's something more serious then I'll let you know, but let's hope it's cramp and he can recover quickly because he's such a talented player."
That win at Hull City ended a poor run of four straight defeats across all competitions for Swansea, a period in which they lost to both Southampton and Leicester. Leeds will hope to match the results of their promotion rivals, with little room for error in the push for a top-two spot.
Farke's men won the reverse 3-1 at Elland Road in November, with goals from Joel Piroe, Dan James and Georginio Rutter. The former pair will be two of four Whites returning to familiar ground alongside Joe Rodon and January loan signing Connor Roberts.
Dutch striker Piroe made the £12million move direct from Wales to West Yorkshire last summer, while James, Rodon and Roberts all played for Swansea earlier in their respective careers. Roberts could get his first start for Leeds after coming off the bench for 15 minutes against Rotherham on Saturday.