Ki Sung-Yueng is the only absentee for Swansea City when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, after manager Bob Bradley delivered an otherwise clean bill of health ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane. The South Korea international is still nursing a broken toe which will keep him out of a second game in a week.
The 27-year-old was expected to miss two weeks of action for the south Wales side after suffering the blow in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Everton. The former Celtic and Sunderland midfielder missed the dramatic 5-4 win over Crystal Palace – the first win of Bradley's tenure in charge – at the Liberty Stadium.
But Bradley has no other injuries to contend with and is expected to retain many of the players who guided the club to their first Premier League victory since the opening weekend of the season. The Swans have not beaten Tottenham in the top flight since 1982, but Bradley is hopeful of defying history.
"I heard about the record," said Bradley, according to the club's official website. "I've gone back and watched some of the match there, but last year and then again this team Spurs are quite a good team and when you play them you have to do a lot of things really well; press and make it difficult for them to find a passing rhythm. Like many good teams they've got interesting ways of trying to open up space ourselves.
"They push their outside [full] backs very high, they move players like Christian Eriksen inside, Dele Alli is good at finding space, Harry Kane is a good striker so it is a good test. It's a good team. It'd a good opportunity for us. The idea that we can build on a good result and have some confidence and go to White Hart Lane and go after them the right way and go after the three points. That is our mentality."
Since beating Manchester City impressively at the start of October, Tottenham have won only one of their subsequent 10 matches in all competitions which has seen them crash out of both the Champions League and the English Football League Cup. Defeat to Chelsea last week saw them fall seven points behind the leaders after 13 matches.
Meanwhile, the visit of Tottenham starts a decisive period for Swansea, who lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with victory over Swansea. Sunderland, Middlesbrough and West Ham United represent testing opposition in the coming weeks and Bradley insists this is a key time in the season.
"I think it is a critical period between here and now," the American coach added. "I keep getting asked questions about the January window. I also understand between now and January there is a lot of work to do. I shouldn't even say some important matches, they're all important matches. A busy schedule right through the holidays. It is the opportunity now to turn things around and put a bad start behind us and really give a little bit more belief to the fight to find the season in a strong way."