Saints Injury Problems Mount
Friday, 5th Jan 2018 10:14
Saints have even more injury woes as Mauricio Pellegrino looks to save his job in the FA Cup trip to West London to take on Fulham.
Mauricio Pellegrino has pledged to put out his strongest side at Fulham, mind you he doesn't seem to have a lot of choice with a raft of injuries meaning that it will be more a case of getting a side out rather than selecting is best XI.
The latest injury is Jeremy Pied who joins fellow right back Cedric Soares who has an ankle injury, WEsley Hoedt with concussion and Charlie Austin with a hamstring tear on the sidelines.
This leaves Pellegrino with a defensive dilemma at right back.
His options include moving Stephens to right back, playing someone out of position perhaps James Ward Prowse or god know what.
If he moves Stephens across that would seem the more logical option, but would leave him very short in the centre, he could give a run out to Jan Bednarek who has been on the bench in recent weeks or he could move Ryan Bertrand across and play Matt Targett at left back.
The latter would seem the most sensible selection although many fans would argue that the word sensible is rarely applicable in Pellegrino's team selections.
The manager though has vowed to play his strongest team and has also confirmed that he will continue to play Alex McCarthy in goal.
This game though highlights how short Saints are at the back and the urgency to get in an experienced and quality central defender as a matter of urgency.
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