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Swansea City squad latest ahead of Blackburn test as concerns remain over Liam Walsh and Fulham transfer target Matt Grimes

Swansea City will assess Liam Walsh ahead of their Championship opener against Blackburn Rovers.

The central midfielder was withdrawn in the first half of his side’s 3-1 pre-season defeat to Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday due to injury.

Speaking after the match, Alan Tate revealed the summer signing had suffered a slight hamstring issue, although his withdrawal was merely a precautionary measure.

The 23-year-old will be assessed this week ahead of the trip to Ewood Park on Saturday.

“Walshy felt a tightness in his hamstring and he was brought off as a precaution,” first-team coach Tate said.

“It was not what we wanted but it is understandable with the time out he has had over the past year.

“But he was brought off as a precaution, that was all. He just felt it tighten up on the turn.

“It could that with physio work on him Sunday, Monday and Tuesday [we] will get him back in the frame for Saturday. That is certainly what we are planning.”

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The Swans are also sweating on the fitness of Matt Grimes, who missed the friendly matches against Forest Green Rovers and Southampton.

The captain is the subject of fierce transfer interest, with Fulham thought to be the front-runners for his signature.

On Grimes, Tate said: “Matt came out to train the other day and was not feeling 100 per cent, and we did not want to take any risks with him given it was a pre-season game.

“We will start looking at Matt again on Monday or Tuesday in preparation for Blackburn.”

Jay Fulton is suspended following his red card in the 2-0 play-off final loss to Brentford at Wembley in May.

He will miss the first three games of the 2021/22 campaign.

Connor Roberts remains sidelined after undergoing groin surgery, although Ryan Manning, Lewis Webb and Ben Margetson are expected to be available following a period in isolation after returning positive Covid-19 tests in July.

Kick-off against Rovers is at 3pm on Saturday, August 7.

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