Swansea City selection admission could really hurt Sheffield Wednesday’s survival hopes - a potential Derby County boost

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Swansea City manager, Steve Cooper, has admitted that he could rest some players against Sheffield Wednesday’s relegation rivals, Derby County.

The Swans have already booked their spot in the Play-Offs this season ahead of the visit of the Rams on Saturday, and Cooper has admitted that they may look to change things up ahead of their Play-Off semifinal games next month.

It could have big repercussions for Wednesday if Cooper’s side field a weakened XI against Derby, with a victory for Wayne Rooney’s men sealing the Owls’ relegation into League One with one game to go.

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Speaking to the media after Swansea’s 2-2 draw with Reading over the weekend, Cooper admitted that changes could be made, but insisted that they won’t be rolling over for their opponents.

He said, "Derby, it's a big game for them next Saturday and you have to respect the competition.

"But at the same time, we might have to think about how we approach the two games in terms of getting ready for the play-offs.

"It won't be like 10 or 11 changes, it might be something like you do in the League Cup. But there might be a chance to use the squad a bit more."

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Swansea City could rest some key players against Derby County. (Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire)Swansea City could rest some key players against Derby County. (Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire)
Swansea City could rest some key players against Derby County. (Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire)

Wednesday face Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon in their final home game of the season, but – with a four point gap – even a victory won’t be enough to save them if Derby are able to pick up a victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The Owls take on Forest at 3pm.

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