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Swansea City headlines as Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest eye Arsenal starlet and Swans target plus QPR match latest

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Here’s your round-up of all the latest Swansea City news for Tuesday, December 14.

QPR v Swansea latest

Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City remain in talks with the English Football League regarding the scheduled fixture between the sides on Saturday.

The Hoops’ Championship clash with Sheffield United on Monday night was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the London club’s camp.

On Monday, boss Mark Warburton admitted it was “highly doubtful” that his side’s fixture with the Swans at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this weekend would go ahead.

And the EFL are expected to make an announcement on the Championship fixture on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, QPR confirmed that their Under-23 side’s Premier League Cup match with Middlesbrough on Wednesday had been postponed.

The Londoners have closed their Heston training site – the home of their academy players – for the week in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Should the game be called off, Swansea would not return to action until facing Millwall at The Den on Sunday, December 26.

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Cooper eyeing Balogun

Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest have reportedly joined the race for Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun.

The 20-year-old has previously been tipped as a potential target for the Swans, and was linked with a move to South Wales earlier his year.

He ended up staying north London, but game time hasn’t been forthcoming under Mikel Arteta.

A loan spell away next month seems likely, and the Daily Telegraph claims Forest are the latest Championship side to have taken an interest, with Cooper believed to have identified a striker as his top priority.

EFL to crackdown on Covid regulations

The EFL are reportedly set to tighten Covid regulations amid fears surrounding the Omicron variant of the virus.

Last week the Premier League reported 42 positive cases, the highest number recorded in a single week since the pandemic began.

The situation has even sparked fears that the league could be shut down if the situation spirals out of control over the coming weeks.

According to the Daily Mail, the EFL are bolstering their precautions, urging clubs to return to the twice-a-week testing seen earlier in the pandemic.

Clubs are reportedly seeking guidance from the league and governing body on how best to proceed, in the hope that the fixture list can be safeguarded against mass postponements.

“We need to stop deliberating and get on top of this,” one EFL club physiotherapist told the Mail. “It needs to step up now because everything is escalating so quickly.

“I think we should be testing. You can see in the community how hard it is to control it. When we were testing twice a week last season there was a chance of managing it.”

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