Monk challenges forwards

Gomis is out for up to a month after damaging a hamstring during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton, a result which brought City level with their record Premier League points haul.

Saturday’s trip to bottom side Leicester represents a chance to beat that 47-point mark, and Monk can call on Nelson Oliveira and Jefferson Montero, neither of whom has scored this season.

He said:?????We???re really disappointed for Bafe as well because he???s hit some great form, scoring goals and contributing to the team.??It???s a setback for him, but he knows he can score goals in this league when he comes back.??

???We have Nelson and Jeff back, as well as Marvin Emnes who can play as a striker. It???s up to someone else to come in and take their chance now.???

Swansea will face a side fighting for survival on Saturday, and one in decnet form on the back of successive wins, but Monk is determined to ensure his mid-table side are not ‘on the beach’ between now and the summer.

???Getting level with the points total is great,” he said, “but I want to beat it. It was a target we talked about at the start of the season. We???ve progressed throughout the season, and we now have six games to surpass our best ever total.

???A lot of people will say Leicester have more to fight for than us, but we???ve got our own targets to fight for. We want to finish strongly.

???Playing any team is hard in this league, but the intensity of a team fighting for their lives at the end of a season is even harder.??To be honest, I???m surprised Leicester are where they are. I???ve watched them this season and they have some great quality. They???ve been unlucky with some results.”