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Saints Have Six Injury Doubts For The Huddersfield Game
Thursday, 20th Dec 2018 12:41

Saints have injury doubts for the trip to Huddersfield with half a dozen players on the injury list going into the game.

Last week against Arsenal saw Saints missing five of the squad through injury and that has increased to six for the visit to Yorkshire.

Ryan Bertrand is still recovering from his back injury and last weekend he was joined by Jack Stephens with a knee injury, Cedric with a calf strain, Michael Obafemi with a hamstring issue and Mario Lemina with a stomach issue.

They are joined by Nathan Redmond who was forced off after being tackled in the second half of the win against the Gunners to bring the total to six.

So far only Ryan Bertrand has been definitely ruled out and the club have been slow to report on the other injured players presumably to keep Huddersfield guessing ahead of the game.

The two that Saints fans would really like to see return to the squad are Nathan Redmond and Mario Lemina , both have been excellent in the past month or so and Redmond put in a great cross on Sunday for Danny Ings second goal.

Although Ralph Hasenhuttl will feel that he has the depth to cover these two players, especially with Lemina, Redmond is a different story and in recent weeks his willingness to run at players has been key to Saints.

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underweststand added 16:06 - Dec 20
Of the 6 named players, I hear some fans saying that they don't rate Cedric anyway, and that Ryan Bertrand is a good player but not a good captain...that Jack Stephens is as good /poor as any of the other CBs, but not a first-choice player. Personally I think Lemina is a good player but we've rarely seen the best of him at Saints and (like Tadic) he may need a move to another club to find his real form.

The list (above) doesn't include (the fit) Davis, Hoedt, Gabbiadini or Ward-Prowse, so in theory we can start Saturday's game without worrying about any of them and if Ralph H. abides by the old footballing adage ..."never change a winning team" then we will go to Huddersfield with the same start side and bring on Long and Austin to score the winning goal(s) late on in the second half. ' Nuff said IMHO.

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SaintBrock added 19:17 - Dec 20
Not quite aligned with Ralph's Press Call summary. Redmond & Lemina were clearly active in training today according to latest pics on the OS. Cedric too seems OK.

He will likely change his winning team as he more or less implied we rode our luck at times. Expect Cedric over Valery and Lemina for Targett / Armstrong. He'll also probably stick with three at the back until our defence is better drilled and less leak prone with Romeu sealing up the gap through the middle.
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underweststand added 15:10 - Dec 21
To Saint Brock Agree your basic comments but just seeing Cedric and Lemina in training doesn't necessarily mean they are OK to be selected.

I well recall Alan Shearer (on BBC MOTD) saying that -based on his own playing experience -
..." there is a lot of difference between being fit enough to play, and being match fit ".
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KriSaint added 18:04 - Dec 21
I wasn´t particularly impressed with Valery (it seems he can´t drible?); any day I´d prefer Cedric in stead.
Also I prefer Lemina instead of Romeu, who did look a bit rusty vs Arsenal imo.
And Bertrand to Targett, but let Hojbjerg stay captain, please.
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