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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Swans sign loan striker
Nathan Tyson
Tyson will give Swansea much needed attacking options
Swansea City have agreed a month's loan deal for Reading's 19-year-old striker Nathan Tyson.

Swans manager John Hollins has been forced to find cover up front after injuries to strikers Steve Watkin and John Williams have severely hampered his attacking options.

Tyson, who is highly rated at Reading, featured as a substitute in the Royals' 4-0 demolition of Luton Town in the Worthington Cup.

He told swanseacity.net: "The chance came as something as a surprise, but it is a great opportunity for me to gain first team experience and show what I can do.

"I have got friends playing in the Third Division, so I know what it's all about. Some people don't want to step down a level, but I think it gives you a good starting point to learn from.

Sidelined

"I know Swansea are looking to go straight back up."

Tyson made his Swans bow in a behind closed doors friendly against Cardiff City at Ninian Park on Friday.

The home side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from ex-Swan Paul Brayson, but boss Hollins was pleased with the run-out it gave his players on an international weekend.

Watkin is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks with knee ligaments damage, while Williams should recover from his ankle injury before Swansea's next game against Exeter City on Saturday, 8 September.

Meanwhile, the Swans have rearranged their fixture at Plymouth Argyle, postponed because of international call-ups, to Tuesday, 11 September.

The game will be all-ticket for visiting supporters.

Swans (v Cardiff): Cole; Todd, Coates, Cusack, Bound, Keegan, Appleby, Mazzina, Mumford, Williams, Tyson. Subs used: Draper, Howard.

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