Swansea v Newcastle preview

Michael Laudrup is set to return Ki Sung-yueng to his regular

midfield role for Swansea’s Premier League meeting with Newcastle

at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The Korean played at centre-half in the Capital One Cup final

win over Bradford, but Kyle Bartley or Garry Monk will partner

Ashley Williams against the Magpies.

Michel Vorm is likely to return in goal if he can shake off the

flu while Neil Taylor is getting closer to a return from a broken


Newcastle could be without captain Fabricio Coloccini after the

Argentinian hurt his back during Sunday’s 4-2 win over


He is struggling to be fit for the trip to South Wales, so

January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could take over at the back.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot will continue to deputise for Tim Krul,

who is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks by the ankle

injury he suffered at Metalist Kharkiv last week, while winger

Hatem Ben Arfa may travel despite being short of match fitness

after recovering from a hamstring tear which has ruled him out

since December 10.