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Injury News For Saturday's Game Against Villa
Thursday, 20th Feb 2020 16:15

The injury problems are mounting up for Ralph Hasenhuttl ahead of the game against Aston Villa with the club considering asking supporters to bring their boots on Saturday in case they get any more knocks.

Kyle Walker Peters made a promising debut last Saturday but it has all been a bit much for him and he is now likely to miss the game against Aston Villa with a calf injury after his first competitive game in 2 1/2 months.

He hasn't trained all week and with Cedric out on loan it is likely that his place will be taken by the returning Yan Valery who has been training with no reactions and has got some U23 action under his belt.

Commenting on Walker-Peters Ralph said:

“I think everybody could see that on the ball he has quality.

“Against the ball, there is still a lot to be done. But the problem is that he is also injured and cannot play at the weekend. He’s definitely out.

“This doesn’t make it any easier, but Yan Valery is training well.

“Kyle showed he can be a good option for us with the ball but against the ball, we must learn with him.

“When he’s back we will do this.”

Expanding on when the loan player will return to training, Hasenhuttl added: “It’s not that bad but he couldn’t train this week, hopefully, he is back next week.”

The Saints' manager also confirmed that he will be without attacking options with both Nathan Redmond and Sofiane Boufal set to be missing.

Redmond who was again showing some great form of late picked up the injury the day before the game against Burnley and played no part but the actual injury has been a mystery with Saints saying little.

That may concern Saints supporters who remember a similar wall of silence from the club three years ago when Virgil Van Dijk injured his achilles after a savage tackle by Jamie Vardy, then there was nothing from the club and although speculation said he would return sooner than later, he never played again that season.

Boufal started in place of Redmond last week but had to limp off himslef in the second half.

“So far, as I’ve said, Reddy is out but we still don’t know for how long. It will be a minimum of one month," explained Hasenhuttl.

"It’s the worst injury.

“Then we have Sofiane who hasn’t trained this week but is a little bit ahead of the schedule but would be tough for the weekend.

“He has problems with his heel and foot. I think it’s possible for him to start [training] next week.”

So injury issues in vital areas for Saints and a few selection headaches for Ralph, perhaps this will be a time when some of the fringe players will step up and play a crucial role in a game that could either see us staring safety in the face come 5pm or looking nervously over our shoulders.

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aceofthebase added 17:10 - Feb 20
After several disastrous games at the beginning of the season, we generally thought that when Mousa regained fitness that all would be well in the saints camp. It hasn't, as yet, worked out like that but I truly hope he can be the star player in our winning team against AV this Saturday.

aceofthebase added 17:11 - Feb 20
My hopes are also that Valery will prove to be a winner.

cocklebreath added 17:30 - Feb 20
Squad looking a bit thin, lose Ings or JWP and we are fooked

underweststand added 17:50 - Feb 20
Unless I've lost count of our "experienced" playing staff..I think we are down to a fit eleven men and we are likely to see a Prem. debut for at least one Academy name ...against Villa.

Of course this is the dilemma, but we still have less injured players than some other clubs, BUT ..if we are talking about " the Southampton Way " ..what's the point of bragging about it and not trusting them to DAJFU in emergency situations.

Even if we have your " best eleven " available... that is still no guarantee of three points -especially at home (on present form) so it will be an interesting game between two clubs with the worst defences in the League.(!)

saintmark1976 added 21:25 - Feb 20
After less than one whole game our loan signing replacement full back is not fit to play.Losing the services of Cedric and Yoshida in order to save a few bob is already starting to look like a master class in how not to run a Premiership football club. Never mind, I'm sure either an authorised club employee or failing that then Nick will shortly inform me that I caused the problem when I purchased my season ticket in the summer. After all it can't possibly be the fault of penny pinching owners or inept management can it?

mattlegod added 10:09 - Feb 21
No need to panic, we have a water sponsor!!! ;-)

Boris1977 added 11:54 - Feb 21
Didn't need to be mystic meg to see this happening. Irritating.

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