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Saints Have Three Out For the Manchester United Game
Thursday, 29th Aug 2019 12:30

Just as it looked like Saints season was getting under way, suddenly it suffers a massive setback with three players likely to miss the showdown with Manchester United on Saturday.

It has already been confirmed that Nathan Redmond will miss the clash and also be likely to miss the next 3 weeks or more, but man of the moment on Saturday Moussa Djenepo looks set to miss the game and he could be joined by Michael Obafemi all casualties of the win at Fulham on Tuesday evening.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has given an update on his other walking wounded ahead of the game.

Moussa Djenepo lasted 90 minutes at Craven Cottage, but has a problem with a muscle which will prevent him from playing against United this weekend.

“Moussa is injured, he has a problem with his muscle and is out for the weekend."

Striker Michael Obafemi looked as though he had injured his hamstring again, but the Austrian was able to confirm it was just a case of cramp.but this is still a concern

“Michael Obafemi cramped a little bit and maybe the game at the weekend is too much for him after the game on Tuesday."

On the plus side Ryan Bertrand has returned to training after missing the wins at Brighton and Fulham with an ankle injury, however it is still too early for Hasenhuttl to be able to judge whether he is fit enough to play.

How serious the injuries are to Djenepo, Obafemi & Bertrand is hard to assess with Hasenhuttl a master at subterfuge and keeping our opponents guessing.

One thing is for sure Saints to have the squad to cope with these injuries and as big a blow as all are in their own way there are others in the squad ready to step up the plate and take their chance.

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bstokesaint added 13:38 - Aug 29
Guess some will argue we that the league should always take preference for these reasons, but still think Ralph made the right decision to go strong in the cup. Injuries don’t sound too serious and the game against Man U feels like a free throw to some extent. It’s rare to get a perfect storm of an excellent (faultless) Saints’ performance, an average or worse Man U performance, a bit of a luck and an unbiased set of officials. Would be elated with a point. Players should be more up for it after back to back wins in league and cup so fingers crossed.


KriSaint added 17:08 - Aug 29
I totally agree bstokesaint. If we had put the kids on the pitch we would have lost 1-0.

Remember what Glenn Hoddle said in 2000?: We can win the FA cup again, and we can certainly win the league cup for the first time.

Who got to the final in 2013? Swansea and Bradford...

Somehow Ralph has given me something to believe in with his positive arrival.

underweststand added 08:48 - Aug 30
Like all clubs we must learn to cope with the injury situation but not forgetting the age old those players who are in-form. We have to play the likes of Adams and Redmond until they start scoring, but we know that strikers are notorious for their goal droughts until they find form and then hit a purple patch.
Although he has yet to score, the "revived " Boufal is beginning to look like a good player and a decent showing against Man Utd will go a long way toward restoring him to a regular first team player.

There are many fans who might have put money on Shane Long never scoring again for Saints but at the tail end of last season he suddenly found the net 4 times in 6 games.

Ralph hinted that he might not demand Obafemi should play twice in a week, but the likes of Dan N'Lundulu might find his way onto the bench after recent showings in U23's. A bit of " a rough diamond" but with speed and energy and who knows how to finish, but unless we give the youngsters some game time we'll never know how they perform at the highest level.
Injury-wise ... the international break may help to heal a few wounds.

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