Date: 2nd March 2017 at 7:59pm
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Manager Sean Dyche has now held his pre Swansea City press conference and he’s confirmed that midfielder Steven Defour will again be missing as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

The Belgian international is back in full training now having missed four games previously with a hamstring problem, but his thigh issue isn’t fully recovered yet and he needs a bit longer, albeit Dyche describes his progress as being good.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media ahead of our trip to the Liberty Stadium, the gaffer explained.

‘He won`t be involved, but he`s had a much better week. He`s been with us today (Thursday) for the first time, as regards literally the first team. He`s been training on and off with us as he`s come back from his injury, so they`re much stronger signs from Steven, so we`re pleased for him and pleased for us.’

Defour’s absence is offset with a return to contention for fellow midfielder Jeff Hendrick who has now completed his three match suspension, but Johan Berg Gudmundsson remains sidelined with the knee injury he sustained.

We of course lose Ashley Barnes with a one game suspension as well and Dyche hinted that youngster Dan Agyei could feature on the bench again as he did for the Hull City draw.

‘He`s had some first-team football (loan at Coventry) and now it`s about working with our group every day in training. He`s still played a couple of Development games but it`s mainly the training and working against Michael Keane, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Kevin Long – really good center-halves. To play against them is going to do him more good, without a shadow of a doubt, and, of course, be ready for his chance.’

Dyche went on to add.

‘If we can keep him involved and he gets a chance, fantastic. He`s got a nice manner about him. He wants to learn. He`s getting used to the physical side of first-team football and the pace of the game. All those things he will adapt to, and he`s doing nicely.’

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