Swansea City boss Graham Potter has revealed that leading scorer Oliver McBurnie ‘might be fit enough to start’ Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Brentford.
It has been a frustrating few weeks for McBurnie due to illness, but he is in line to make Potter’s starting XI against Brentford this weekend.
Swansea’s official website quotes Potter as saying:
“Oli has trained this morning, so we will see how he responds to that. He has had a couple of bouts of flu essentially and taken time to get over that.
“He has had antibiotics as it had gone onto his chest and when you are a footballer and you are recovering to sprint and get the air in there, it is not to easy.
“So he has felt really low and he has been in bed for a few days over the last two or three weeks.
“He has just not been fully right, he is still not quite 100 per cent but he is getting better and better and we hope he can play a bigger part against Brentford.
“He might be fit enough to start. I would not rule it out at this stage, but I would not rule it in completely either.”
McBurnie has been in and around the camp over the last few weeks, but has only played cameo roles in Swansea’s last two Championship matches.
Indeed, he appeared as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Millwall on February 9, before coming off the bench to score in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United.
Potter has been careful not to put too much pressure on the 22-year-old in terms of the huge clash with Brentford, but the Swansea boss is hopeful that he will be able to select his leading scorer from the start, which would be a huge boost.
Absolutely vital. Not just for his goals, but what he brings to the team.
Swansea always seem to play better football and look more dangerous when McBurnie is in the team, while his record this season is very strong.
Indeed, the forward has managed 14 goals in 31 Championship appearances, while he hit a brace against Gillingham in the last round of the FA Cup.
It was a difficult January window for Swansea due to a number of reasons, but having a fully-fit McBurnie would be a huge boost at this stage of the campaign.
And Swansea have a huge chance to make the sixth round of the FA Cup.