Bertrand Doubtful For Brighton Game
Monday, 29th Jan 2018 09:09
Mauricio Pellegrino's decison to play a full side against Watford in the FA Cup had one downside, Ryan Bertrand limped off and is now doubtful to fae the Seagulls on Wednesday evening.
Ryan Bertrand looks very likely to be missing when Saints take on Brighton in what is a six pointer relegation clash.
The left back went down and stayed down with what appeared to be a hamstring pull, something he has suffered with before, but that perhaps may offer some hope, he clearly felt a twinge rather than a pull or tear and immobilised himself before he got the chance to make it far worse.
That could offer hope that it was nipped in the bud and he could be available, the reality though is that it is perhaps too soon after Saturday, a week and he may have been OK, but not four days.
The issue for Mauricio Pellegrino is what to do, strangely Saints let Bertrand's deputy Matt Targett go to Fulham on loan, leaving only Sam McQueen a player who has started only one Premier League game this season and a limited number of minutes as a substitute on another four occasions as back up.
Pellegrino could also opt to stick with how he finished the game on Saturday with Jeremy Pied filling in, although he is essentially right footed that would not be a problem defending, however it would limit our abilities to get down the line and cross the ball, Bertrand soing just that against Watford to set up the only goal of the game.
Sometimes adversity gels a team together, you would hope that this might be the case on Wednesday.
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