Saints Suffer Injury Woes
Thursday, 22nd Feb 2018 20:42
Saints look likely to be without at least three members of their squad for the trip to Burnley on Saturday, as well as long term injury Charlie Austin, although there is one good bit of news.
Saints will be without Shane Long, Steven Davis and Maya Yoshida for the trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, although Sofiane Boufal looks set to return to the squad.
All were missing from the win at West Brom in the FA Cup after being injured in training in the run up to the game at the Hawthorns.
Yoshida is the most serious with a knee injury that is set to keep him out for at least a month, however the Japanese defender is not a first choice defender at the moment with both Wesley Hoedt and Jack Stehens now ahead of him in the pecking order, but if either should get an injury or suspension then it will be a case of throwing in Jan Benarek untested in the Premier League so far, or adapting.
Shane Long and Steven Davis could return for the visit of Stoke, although it is not uncommon for Mauricio Pellegrino to try to confuse the opposition by claiming a player is unfit only to find him in the squad a day or so later.
Sofiane Boufal though looks set to be back in the party to travel to Lancashire and that will be boost for the manager and give him another attacking option.
Speaking ahead of the game Pellegrino said.
“Yoshida ? Minimum he will be four or five weeks.
“Last week I said everybody is ok and then last training session three or four players out.
“Maybe Sofiane will be involved in the team but maybe Shane and Davo have to wait another week.
“Football has this unpredictable moment and you cannot control this but hopefully in the next few weeks everybody will be alright.”
“We are talking about this period of time,” he confirmed.
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