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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Swansea's Kyle Naughton keen to play against Stoke after birth of daughter

Published 15/10/2015 | 14:11

Defender Kyle Naughton could feature against Stoke on Monday
Defender Kyle Naughton could feature against Stoke on Monday

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton is back in contention to face Stoke on Monday following the birth of his daughter.

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The full-back withdrew from the side to face his former club Tottenham two weeks ago after his partner went into labour ahead of the game.

With new mum Bethany and daughter Olive both doing well, Naughton has returned to training ahead of the Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke.

Having missed the 2-2 draw with Spurs, Naughton is keen to return to action and will be bidding to replace Angel Rangel at right-back.

"I'm looking forward to Monday night,'' Naughton told the Swansea website.

"It's been a busy two weeks off the field with the new baby, but the international break has also allowed everyone to have a few days' rest time.

"I don't like missing games, but I think everyone will understand why I wasn't available against Spurs. I was there for the birth of Olive, all 7lb of her, which was an amazing experience.

"Now it is back to the football and everyone is determined to stretch our unbeaten home record to five league games.

"We've had good wins over Manchester United and Newcastle, plus encouraging draws against Everton and Spurs, so it is important to keep it going.

"Stoke will provide us with a tough test. They've looked decent over recent games after their difficult start. They are a good pass and move side under Mark Hughes and he has them well organised. He has done a great job since taking over there.

"But we are at home and it is important we stamp our own authority on the game. I love playing under the Liberty lights. It's extra special because the fans always create a fantastic atmosphere. I'm sure it will be bouncing again.''

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