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Armstrong Injury Revealed
Friday, 17th Sep 2021 09:08

Ralph Hasenhuttl has been talking about why Stuart Armstrong has been missing this season and has put a dampener on the conspiracy theories that have been doing the rounds over the past weeks.

Stuart Armstrong was one of the best and most consistent performers last season playing 32 games plus another as sub and scoring 4 goals, so his absence in the pre season friendlies and indeed going into the league season prompted a few rumours and conspiracy theories doing the rounds.

These were fired up when the Scot was on the bench for the opening game of the season suggesting he was fit and then again the following week when he was nowhere to be seen and subsequently he has not featured in any of the squads since.

But the transfer window has shut and he has gone nowhere and now Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken out on why Stuart Armstrong has not been playing.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Manchester City the Austrian had this to say.

"They are muscle problems, less intense ones," explained Hasenhuttl, when asked by reporters at the pre match press conference to shed more light on the absences of both Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott.

"I think that it will not take that long until they are back. They are not big muscle problems, just smaller ones. "

"At the moment, we have the alternatives , so we will not take a risk and we will not push them too hard to come back."

"We give them all the time they need to come back, because we have enough alternatives, especially for these positions."

Specifically addressing Armstrong's injury he had this to say.

"With Stu, with the calf, there is a bit of blood still in there. It will take a few more days to clear and maybe one or two weeks to come back, we'll give him the time he needs."

That is good news for Saints fans, not just with regard to the news on Armstrong, but the fact that this season we can have injuries to two or three players and deal with it from within the squad.

We have gone from the second half of last season where at times we were having to scrape up a side with 7 or 8 youngsters bolstering the squad to having options in all departments and that has to be a good thing.

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underweststand added 14:27 - Sep 17
Stuart is a natural first-choice starter, and so it's just this sort of opportunity for "others" to get game time and see if they can DAJFU in an emergency, ( like long-term injuries).

We don't have to rush to get SA back, and we have adequate cover and there are still 34 Prem. games left this season, and it's only sensible to give him the time he needs to get 100% fit, rather than rush him back in panic.

These opening 8 games are a real challenge, and so giving " second-string " players some proper game time will give us a chance to see how they perform against top grade opponents, and encourage them a little - if they face the prospect of a season on the bench when we eventually have our full strength side available once again.

Saidou added 06:38 - Sep 18
Our best player . I miss his mix pace runs😢

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