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Difficult week begins at Norwich City for Swansea as FA Cup quarter-final looms

Swansea City manager Graham Potter before his team's 4-1 defeat to Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium in November Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Swansea City manager Graham Potter before his team's 4-1 defeat to Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium in November Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Swansea kick-off a difficult run of fixtures when they arrive at Carrow Road tonight, with an FA Cup quarter-final on the horizon.

The Swans take on Championship leaders Norwich in a televised encounter before travelling to another of the promotion contenders on Wednesday when they travel to West Brom.

Then it’s Premier League giants Manchester City the following Saturday, as the South Wales side attempt to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time.

“It’s a really tough week, of course we focus on the first game, which is Norwich, looking forward to going there against a really top team in the Championship. It’s going to be a testing week, for sure,” Swansea boss Graham Potter said.

“It’s a great week for us, to learn about ourselves and have that challenge. We focus on Norwich first and we prepare as well as we can.”

The Swans also head to Norfolk having lost their last three away games: at Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Bristol City.

Potter continued: “Every game you start from scratch and you have to try to win and to set up against a top team, recently we’ve played some good teams away from home but that also means that it’s harder to get results.

“We’ll go there with optimism but at the same time you know it’s going to be a tough game.”

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Swansea sit 14th in the Championship table and seven points adrift of the play-offs, after an eventful 2-0 home win over Bolton last weekend. Oli McBurnie had a penalty saved but late goals from the striker and Bersant Celina beat the nine-man Trotters.

Former City left-back Martin Olsson is out for the season after Achilles surgery in December and ex-Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer is doubtful with a hamstring problem. Young defender Joe Rodon is also next expected to be fit until next month after breaking his toe in January.

“We are pretty much as we were last week,” added Potter. “Leroy and Joe are progressing, apart from that everyone is available other than Martin Olsson. He is progressing nicely too, but is some way away yet.”

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