Swans expecting Ayew boost

28 April 2021 21:16:51 GMTPlus10

Swansea City boss Steve Cooper says striker Andre Ayew will miss the club's final two Championship matches through injury, but will be fit to play in the play-offs.

The 31-year-old stepped off the bench on Saturday to help secure a 2-2 draw against Reading, with Ayew finding the back of the net with seven minutes remaining.

It's nothing too serious and he won't be in doubt for the play-off games.

Steve Cooper

Despite returning from a hamstring injury, Ayew has since suffered a setback and Cooper has decided to let play it safe with the Ghana international.

Watford's 1-0 win over Millwall on Saturday means they claimed the final automatic promotion spot, and Cooper believes Ayew will be back to his best in time for the play-offs next month.

The Swans face Derby County and the Hornets in the final two games of the season and Cooper says confidence is still high despite missing out on the top two.

He told BBC Radio Wales Sport: "It's nothing too serious and he won't be in doubt for the play-off games. We still want to win the next two games.

"The league position that you finish in will have an effect on your play-offs because our league is so unpredictable, and I said at the weekend that if you assume, you get the opposite.

"But we want to use the remainder of the domestic campaign and the lead into the play-off games as a productive period and be the best we can be."

Swansea could push Derby further towards relegation with a victory on Saturday, and Cooper's side are 3.10 to claim a victory. The draw is 3.20, while the Rams are 2.40 to win at the Liberty Stadium.

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