Out-on-loan Watford defender Ben Wilmot has been given assurances that he is still part of Swansea City's plans this season after he was not named in the squad for last night's stalemate with Queens Park Rangers.

EFL regulations state that only five loan players can appear in a match day squad and with Freddie Woodman, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Rhian Brewster and Aldo Kalulu featuring against the Rs, Wilmot was forced to watch from the stands.

He has previously been a substitute for recent games against Stoke, Preston and Derby.

After a patient wait for first-team action at the start of the season, Wilmot finally got his chance in the South Wales derby back in October following an injury to Joe Rodon and went on to score the winning goal.

Since then he has made 17 appearances and scored twice and the Swans' head coach Steve Cooper told Wales Online the defender will get his chance again soon.

"It's the same as everyone else," he said.

"We can only have five out of our six loans in the squad when everyone's fit. Ben is a part of the squad and we're really pleased to have him here. He's available for selection and so is Ben Cabango.

"We're strong at centre-back at the moment. Some of the injuries we've picked up - and touch wood there are no more - have been to attacking players, aside from Mike van der Hoorn. But Ben will feature again soon I'm sure. He's a brilliant lad, a brilliant trainer, very reliable and very much part of what we're doing."