Bristol City v Swansea City injury news as five ruled out and one doubtful
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Bristol City and Swansea City meet at Ashton Gate in the third round of the FA Cup. The Robins hope to go one further than last season after an exit to Fulham and the furthest they have gone in recent years was the fifth round in 2019.
City and Swansea have already met this season with the two playing to a 1-1 draw in October. Tommy Conway opened the scoring at Ashton Gate, but Olivier Ntcham equalised after coming off the bench.
Attention turns away from the Championship for one week at least, and a prize of £100,00 is at stake for the victors. Ahead of Sunday’s match, both managers have some selection issues to contend with, here is the latest on the injury front.
Bristol City injury news
Tomas Kalas is close to making a return for City but Sunday’s match with Swansea will come too soon. The 29-year-old has been out since October after only a short spell back from a long seven-month lay-off. Kalas has trained well and could play before the end of the month.
Kane Wilson is a confirmed absentee for this match, but he is another player that is making a positive recovery. Wilson has been out since October after jarring his knee, and he could be back in contention at the end of the month.
Ayman Benarous is ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a complication with his injury. Benarous was due to return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but suffered a set back in November.
Both teams are allowed to name nine substitutes and Nigel Pearson has admitted that he could name some Under-21 players on the bench. Chris Martin and Timm Klose has not played in recent weeks but could come back in to consideration.
Han-Noah Massengo meanwhile has signalled his attention to see out his contract, and with talks stagnated, he is unlikely to make the match-day squad.
Swansea City injury news
Former Robins midfielder Liam Walsh looks set to miss out on a return after suffering an achilles tendon rupture. Michael Obafemi may also miss out as a result of a lack of fitness.
Morgan Whittaker, who was recalled from a season-long loan at Lincoln City, is unavailable as he is cup tied.
Jay Fulton and Joe Allen were both withdrawn in Swansea’s defeat to Burnley but are in contention to play. Both players were managed with three games scheduled over six days.