Swans braced for absent Ki and Bony

Garry Monk says Swansea will not sign
replacements to fill in for Ki Sung-yueng and
Wilfried Bony in January.
Ki will captain South Korea at the Asian Cup
whilst Bony will play for the Ivory Coast at the
African Cup of Nations.
The pair could miss as many as six games
after the game at QPR on New Year’s Day.
“When Bony and Ki are out for that period it’s
for someone to step up to that level,” Monk
said.
“We’ve got a very good squad and I’m not
going to be making wholesale changes at all.
“There are certain positions we will look to
strengthen and if we can get the right player
to fit into the squad that’s the only time I’ll do
business.
“Other than that we’ll go with what we’ve got.
“I’ve got full confidence in the squad right now
and it’s just adding quality to accompany
what we’ve got.”
Midfielder Ki, who spent last season on loan
at Sunderland, has been an ever-present in the
Premier League this campaign.
Wilfried Bony scored twice for the Ivory Coast
at the 2014 World Cup
Striker Bony is top scorer with eight goals so
far this season and signed a one-year
contract extension with the Swans in
November.
Swansea go into Saturday’s Premier League
game at Hull City having lost their previous
two games against West Ham away and at
home to Tottenham.
Monk’s side lost 1-0 at Hull in April and they
have failed to score on their three previous
visits to the KC Stadium.
Hull have won only once at home all season
go into Saturday’s game against ninth-placed
Swansea, having not won a Premier League
match since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
on 4 October.
“Every team in this league is a different
challenge, the way they set up and the
different personnel and styles they have,”
Monk said.
“It’s getting your team to concentrate on
themselves but adjust enough to know where
the threats are from the other team.
“I would imagine they’re looking at this game
to turn around their form.
“They’ve got a very experienced manager who
will be looking at how to get them back to
winning ways and we expect a very difficult
game.
“Hull will be different to what we’ve played
before, so the challenge for us is to perform
well enough to take the points.”

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