Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal only took over 10 days ago but he has had a busy time of it.

The shock announcement after having just been sacked by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, was followed two days later by an amazing debut game.

Trailing 1-0 at Watford, out of nowhere Swansea City scored two goals in the final four minutes to grab a very surprising three points.

A 2-0 home defeat to Spurs followed but the opening away win has given Carvalhal some hope, now second bottom and only two points off safety.

Going into Saturday’s FA Cup match at Wolves, the Swansea boss already had a number of injury and suspension issues.

The goalless draw has only added to those problems ahead of Newcastle in six days time, as well as an unwanted cup replay to fit in.

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal after seeing Leroy Fer sent off yesterday:

“Listen I don’t have an opinion on the Wolves red card but my staff said it was a clear red. I didn’t see it – but I saw our red card.

“It is a typical yellow card, a touch on the back of the player in the middle of the pitch.

“Instinctive. Everyone felt it was a yellow card.

“This is a situation I don’t want to talk too much about, but that’s two games in a row with bad decisions.”

Leroy Fer now misses the Newcastle game through suspension, meaning two players in total banned, as Kyle Naughton completes his suspension next Saturday after getting a retrospective punishment for a stamp during that win over Watford.

Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is also set to be still missing for the trip to Tyneside because of injury, along with Angel Rangel.

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham has missed recent games because of a hip injury and was unavailable yesterday, so doubtful whether he will make Newcastle as well.

Big money loan signing from Bayern Munich, Renato Sanches, added to Carlos Carvalhal’s problems when forced off with injury in the first half of the Wolves cup-tie, meaning the Swansea City boss could be missing half a dozen players for the relegation clash with the Magpies.

Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez surprised everybody when playing such a strong side against Luton.

A very decent third round win but there were worries when captain Jamaal Lascelles was subbed just after the half hour mark.

However, the United boss reassured Newcastle fans after the game:

“Jamaal Lascelles is fine.

“It was just a precaution (to substitute him just after the first goal) because he was complaining a little bit about his abductor and so then we decided to make the substitution.



  • Wor Lass

    If Jamaal was ” … complaining a little bit about his abductor ..” then that has to be something of a worry. I once ran fast enough in my career to strain my groin and it took a long time to recover. The physio told me I was OK to run in a straight line at an even pace but I wasn`t to do any sudden acceleration or twists and turns – so it didn`t affect my game at all! I hope he really is OK because he`s crucial to our campaign. Our most important player by far.

    • Doontoon

      Abductors is on the outside of the hip. Unless the mag is misquoting and it is his adductor.

      • Wor Lass

        I wondered about that – it was the adductor that I did. Maybe they`ve got mixed up with the idea of him being abducted by another club (heaven forefend)!

    • NUFCLX

      He is crucial and has been for the last 2 seasons. He had a poor 2nd half of last season but we only found out at the end of the season that he was carrying an injury and could not train for the second half of the season.
      I love how fickle some fans are, Lascelles was slated last season now he is our number 1 player.

      • NUFCLX

        That was not a dig at you by the way, if was a dig at the D&G merchants

  • Rich Lawson

    Potentially the most important 3 points of the season.

    • gallowgate26

      A real six pointer this one. I think this game and the Stoke game are the defining point of this season and a real fork in the road. If we’d lost these two games, I think we’d be on our way to relegation; if we win these two games, we’re on our way to survival in my opinion and I’d be very surprised if we don’t pick up the further 12-15 points required. A defeat for Swansea and it’s looking very bleak for them already, even this early, and then they have an unwanted FA cup replay!

      • GToon

        I dare you to ask for some stats on your comment and see if you can tempt him out of his hole again! Lol.

        • gallowgate26

          Stats mean very little to me, not as an ideological point, or an agenda against stats. I just think there is no substitute for watching the game as a human being and making an opinion based on the overall picture/story of the game. No doubt some people will disagree but to me stats are almost meaningless. I know your comment was not a serious one and I’m not trying to ‘fish’, this time, that is just my honest opinion… :)

          • GToon

            👍🏻

          • nufcslf

            Most stats are a waste of bloody time. I’ve been bombarded with the poxy things since 1980 moving to Vancouver. North American sports have always been obsessed with them. The final score is the only one that matters for me. Never thought I would see the day football would be the same way.

  • anyobrien

    Massive massive game this one….. We have to win.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    maybe Rafa is feigning a knock on Jamaal to keep interested buyers/fatty’s eagerness to sell players worth anything at bay? I doubt it, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

  • Simon Ritter

    Glad to see Carvalhal has quickly become as one-eyed as most Premier League managers (one of the few honourable exceptions is Benitez). The “touch on the back of the player” was, in truth, a deliberate trip to prevent a quick break, with no attempt to play the ball. The ref correctly waved a red card. Brief highlights on BBC online support his judgment. Fortunately for us, the ref at SJP was lenient towards Hayden and Shelvey. Now all we need is for Gayle to rediscover is scoring boots on Saturday.

  • ghostrider

    It doesn’t matter what injuries Swansea have, we have to play 11 plus subs of whoever is put out.
    Swansea aren’t doing too clever and it’s a perfect time for players coming in to stake a real claim. This means upping their game and ultimately the team.
    However, it’s swings and roundabouts and could easily not work out for them…..HOPEFULLY.