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No New Injury Concerns For Trip To Spurs
Thursday, 26th Sep 2019 14:23

There is good and bad news on the injury front, on one hand Ralph Hasenhuttl has not any fresh problems, but on the other Moussa Djenepo will be still be out for the game at Tottenham Hotspur.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that there are no further injuries to his squad, but that Moussa Djenepo will again be missing for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Ralph Said :

“We managed the game on Tuesday very well, Only the long-term injured players, like Moussa Djenepo, are still out.

However Ralph did say that 2nd choice keeper Alex McCarthy had a slight problem but is not ruled out.

“Alex McCarthy has a little problem with his muscle. So maybe we take another goalkeeper at the weekend as cover."

“We took a few new pictures [of Djenepo’s injury]. There isn’t more to say. He’s still out. We don’t know how long but in the moment there is no chance to play for him.

“He’s had a very good impact in our team and everyone loves him. He’s a good guy and it isn’t easy for him in the moment. But that’s football.”

So only Moussa missing and that in itself is not a problem we can't cover, in that we have a plethora of attacking and wide options to cover for his absence.

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SonicBoom added 16:12 - Sep 26
They are strangely evasive about what the injury to Djenepo actually is.

underweststand added 16:21 - Sep 26
Although many fans praise Poch for his efforts in the season he managed Saints, there must be an equal number who would like to see us put one over on him - at their new stadium -and help banish the memories of that infamous "Wembley Massacre"
I feel less concerned about this game than I did prior to Tuesday nights game.

Many of us can recall going to White Hart Lane and beating Glenn Hoddle's side -after he jumped ship from Saints and lured Dean Richards away into the bargain.

IF we convert our chances properly and have VAR on our side -then one point looks a possbility ....or even all 3 ....with some of the luck we've missed out on over the years.

A1079 added 18:08 - Sep 26
I hope the Djenepo injury is not going go on like the Lemina illness where it was all guarded and secret. As Sonic says, they are strangely reluctant to say what it actually is. It concerns me that whenever we seem to find someone who can make a difference they only ever seem to last a couple or so games.

On the Spurs game, I am afraid I foresee another defeat at their place.

As good and satisfying as the result was against Pompey, you could argue we only scored because we were playing a team below our level - our conversion rate in the PL is awful. 26 shots in the 2nd half against Bournemouth and only scored 1, which was a penalty, kind of emphasised it. Equally, Spurs defeat against Colchester was probably more of a measure of Pochettino's indifference to cup games than any inadequacies in their squad. They won't be like that at home and to us. I like Pochettino and Howe, but strangely, they both have an aversion to cup games - having said that, I think if it had been anyone else other than Pompey, Ralph would have done the same - he just couldn't risk the outcome and backlash if he had have done this week.

One thing I noticed against Pompey, when we did get near the goal or even just outside the box, we had a go. All too often in the league, it seems like, we want to walk it into the net or find the perfect goal - just have a bl**dy go and you never know.

My prediction is about 3 or 4 nil to Spurs. That means we will win - I hope!

SanMarco added 20:10 - Sep 26
You optimist A1079 !! I think we may well score but keeping them out could be a wee bit of a problem. Narrow defeat would not be the end of the world.

Is there any explanation for why TUI now seems to be twinned with Ipswich??

davidargyll added 07:24 - Sep 27
Poch and Howe indifferent to Cup games? Not true. Just every team has hangovers from PL games and/or take lesser teams in Cup games too complacently. Do you really think that those 2 managers said to their respective players “who cares it’s only the Carabao Cup”. Both those managers are really competitive but for once their players didn’t deliver. Where we were good on Tuesday was we didn’t take Pompey lightly and smacked them. Well done Ralph I say. But well done the team for being clinical...
As for tomorrow, so long as we get in Spurs faces well do OK; if we let them get at us like we did against Bournemouth then we’ll get blown away.

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