Neil Taylor fitness boost for Swansea City

Barclays Premier League

Venue:
Liberty Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 19 November
Kick-off:
1730 GMT
Coverage:
Watch highlights on Match of the Day; listen on BBC Radio Wales (Swansea area only); text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles. Watch live on ESPN and listen on Talksport
Neil Taylor
Neil Taylor was playing non-league football for Wrexham two years ago

Neil Taylor has given Swansea City a boost as the Wales international has declared himself fit for Saturday's showdown with Manchester United.

The Swans left-back missed Wales' 4-1 win over Norway with a bruised ankle but Taylor will be fit for the Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium.

"I'll be fine for the weekend," said the 22-year-old. "I was disappointed missing out on playing Norway.

"The decision was made that I should rest my ankle and allow it to recover."

The champions have never won at Swansea in eight visits and Brendan Rodgers' men are protecting an unbeaten home record in their first season in the Premier League.

Taylor has missed just one Swans league game this term and is confident he will recover following the ankle knock sustained in their goalless draw at Liverpool.

"I felt okay for a couple of days after the Liverpool game," said Taylor. "But then the bruising came out and it was very sore."

Swansea are bidding for their fourth successive home victory but the United game is the first visit to the Liberty Stadium by a Premier League heavyweight this season.

"Manchester United are a massive, massive club," said former Wrexham defender Taylor.

"One of the best in Europe and most known around the world. They have a squad packed with huge talent and for them coming to the Liberty makes this a great occasion for us.

"I'm sure this is a game the supporters have really been looking forward to but for us players, it is about performing well and doing our best to get points."

Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie is also set to return from an ankle problem on Saturday but former Manchester United trainee Alan Tate is out after suffering a broken leg.

Steven Caulker had initially hoped to return from a knee problem for the United game but the England under-21 international defender is not expected to recover in time.

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