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Monk doesn't believe Newcastle boycott will affect team

Swansea manager Garry Monk insists Newcastle's players will not be affected by any supporters' protests at St James' Park on Saturday.

Monk doesn't believe the protest will affect Newcastle's players. Credit: PA

The Magpies have lost their last six Premier League games under caretaker manager John Carver and more demonstrations are planned for the visit of Swansea after a significantly smaller crowd than usual saw last weekend's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham.

Campaign organisers protesting over Mike Ashley's ownership have said they will support anyone who wishes to boycott once again and have asked fans to stand up on 34 minutes inside St James' Park on Saturday - to reflect the £34million the club left in the bank during the last financial year rather than investing in the squad.

But Monk claims the backdrop to the game will have no bearing on the actual 90 minutes, saying:

As a player there's nothing you can do about that - you have to concentrate on your football.

No player goes out on the pitch without the intention of giving his best and I'm sure all the Newcastle fans will be thinking that.

They'll want to put on a display and do well in front of their crowd and bounce back from recent results, and as a player you are there to perform.

– Swansea manager Garry Monk

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Young Spurs midfielder suffers ankle ligament damage

Swansea's England Under-21 international Tom Carroll faces up to six weeks on the sidelines due to ankle ligament damage.

Carroll faces up to six weeks out. Credit: PA

Carroll, who is on loan from Tottenham, was hurt during England Under-21s' 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic last Friday.

He scored the only goal as England triumphed in Prague.

A Swansea spokesman has confirmed that the 22-year-old midfielder is now expected to be out for between four and six weeks.

Carroll has so far made 18 appearances for the Swans after joining them last summer on a season-long loan.

Swansea manager Garry Monk, meanwhile, is understood to be awaiting results of a scan on winger Jefferson Montero, who reportedly suffered a muscle strain playing for Ecuador against Mexico last weekend.

Swansea resume their Premier League on campaign on Saturday when they host Hull City.

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