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Swansea City's Chico Flores winning fitness battle ahead of Tottenham Hotspur

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 27, 2013

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CHICO Flores is winning his race to return to action when Swansea City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The centre-back has not played since damaging ankle ligaments in the win over Queens Park Rangers back on February 9.

But Swansea are optimistic that Flores will be available for the Spurs clash after he returned to full training this week.

And that will be a welcome boost for boss Michael Laudrup as he looks for a response after back-to-back defeats.

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Garry Monk — like Ki Sung-Yueng in the Capital One Cup final — has done a solid job at the heart of Swansea's defence during Flores's injury lay-off.

But the £2 million former Real Mallorca man is Laudrup's preferred option alongside Ashley Williams and he has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League.

Flores's probable return is a timely boost after defeats by West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal.

Swansea will look to bounce back with a victory against a Tottenham side who have also suffered successive league defeats.

Before losing to Liverpool and Fulham, Andre Villas-Boas's men had been in sensational form, having lost only one of their previous 16 league games.

Swansea, meanwhile, could be poised to sign former Manchester United starlet Kenji Gorre.

The 18-year-old Dutch-born winger has been training with Swansea since last week and featured for Kristian O'Leary's under-21 side as they won at Bristol City on Monday. Gorre, the son of former Huddersfield and Barnsley defender Dean, had been at Old Trafford since switching from neighbours Manchester City back in 2002 but was released by the club during the January transfer window.

He was so highly rated as a 15-year-old that Chelsea were interested in signing him, but Gorre stayed on at United.

He has now severed his ties, though, and it seems there is a strong possibility that he will pen a deal at Swansea when he officially becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Gorre has played for United reserves as well as their under-18s, and he has also represented Holland at under-16 level.

He had a spell on trial at Celtic last month, but could now be given the chance to continue his development at the Liberty Stadium.

Gorre's Surinam-born father played in Holland for the likes of Feyenoord, Groningen and Ajax before switching to English football in 1999 when he signed for Huddersfield.

He is now a coach who, after spells with Stoke, Southampton and Ajax, is now working in the Scottish national youth set-up.

Swansea's development side saw off Bristol City despite going 2-0 down early on. Goals from Kurtis March and Rory Donnelly brought O'Leary's men level before the break and a second-half strike from Josh Sheehan sealed the victory.

Gareth Vincent

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