Swansea City boss Graham Potter has conceded that Oliver McBurnie could miss Wednesday’s Championship clash with Leeds United at Elland Road.
McBurnie, who has been in excellent form for Swansea this season, has been hindered by illness in recent weeks and his spot against Leeds is far from certain.
Swansea’s official website quotes Potter as saying:
“Oli has just had a period where he has picked up a few things, so we just have to be careful with him and monitor him.
“He trained lightly yesterday (Sunday), so we will see how he goes. I think it was tough for him to come on, but we will make a decision for Leeds closer to the time.”
McBurnie is enjoying a terrific season for Swansea, having found the back of the net on 15 occasions in 30 appearances in all competitions this term.
In the Championship, the striker has 13 goals in 29 appearances, including a brace in the recent 3-3 draw with Birmingham City.
McBurnie came off the bench in his team’s 1-0 win over Millwall at the weekend and it had been thought that he could return to the XI against Leeds.
Potter, however, has conceded that Swansea ‘have to be careful’ with the centre-forward as they risk losing him for a longer period without the right treatment.
It has been a strange season for Swansea and not too many of their fans were happy with the club’s business in the January transfer window.
The Welsh outfit have only lost one of their last seven in the Championship, however, with a total of 44 points leaving them in 11th position in the table.
The former Premier League team are just six points off the playoff positions and a win over title hopefuls Leeds this week would send out a huge message.
Leeds have really wobbled in recent weeks, but did manage to pick up a good point away to Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
It promises to be a fascinating clash at Elland Road on Wednesday night and the Swansea fans will be hopeful that McBurnie passes a late fitness test.
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