Junior Hoilett’s absence will be “big boost” for Swans: Swansea City and Cardiff City fans have their say ahead of south Wales derby

Veteran boss Neil Warnock has left the club. Image: Matthew Lofthouse
Veteran boss Neil Warnock has left the club. Image: Matthew Lofthouse

by Callum Ellis

SWANSEA City and Cardiff City renew their rivalry when they meet in the first south Wales derby of the season on Sunday.

Neil Warnock’s men, who are in search of their first away win of the season, make the short trip down the M4 for the first meeting between the two clubs in five years.

Swansea, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat against Brentford on Tuesday evening.

And supporters of both clubs have had their say on Twitter ahead of the highly anticipated clash.

It promises to be an eventful day of Welsh sport, with Wales going head-to-head with South Africa for a place in their first World Cup final before proceedings get underway at the Liberty Stadium.

Warnock will be without winger Junior Hoilett who hobbled off during the Bluebirds’ 2-2 draw with Millwall on Tuesday.

The Canada international netted at the Den before being substituted due to a hamstring strain and his absence will serve as a blow for away side.

“This is a big boost,” said Swans fan Guto Llewelyn of Hoilett’s injury.

Despite Hoilett’s absence, a fellow Swans fan believes Cooper’s men must be aware of Cardiff’s fellow wide-men Josh Murphy and Gavin Whyte.

Cardiff were twice pegged pack on Tuesday as a brace from Wales striker Tom Bradshaw ensured Warnock’s men were denied their first away win.

But Bluebirds supporter Scott Johnson was satisfied with his side’s performance and would be pleased for the Yorkshireman to opt for the same team agains the Swans, with the exception of Hoilett.

It is highly unlikely that Warnock will throw in the experienced Sol Bamba, who has endured a lengthy lay-off after suffering a knee ligament injury, for the derby.

Liam Hobbs, however, believes the centre-half partnership between captain Sean Morrison and summer addition hasn’t taken off – and he would risk Bamba at the Liberty.

Swansea supporter Jordan Webber has offered his take on who should lead the line for the Swans.

While another suggests Sam Surridge, who was introduced against Brentford in place of Borja Baston, will be given the nod over the Spaniard.

Kick-off at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday is at midday.