Southampton have been without the services of key attacker Nathan Redmond since the EFL Cup clash with Fulham back at the end of August as the 25-year-old was laid low with an injury, but he could return for the Bournemouth game.
Having missed the last Premier League clash against Sheffield United where we took a 1-0 victory courtesy of Moussa Djenepo’s second half strike, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has now completed his pre-game press obligations and speaking to saintsfc earlier on Thursday afternoon, the Austrian gaffer admitted that he would now make a late decision on Redmond, given his fitness progress this last week.
“Nathan could train this week with the team. This is a good message how far he us and if he really can play tomorrow, I haven’t decided so far. It’s good that he could play because Moussa is out for tomorrow and cannot play. After a few sessions this week, he felt a little bit more in his muscles so we don’t want to take this risk and we will keep him out tomorrow. I don’t know if I can grab Nathan for his position. I haven’t decided so far but we one session tomorrow in the morning and then I will decide.”
Having been sidelined with an ankle injury, and with Hasenhuttl confirming that summer signing Djenepo would miss Friday evening’s clash owing to a muscular injury, even having Redmond available off the bench would be a massive bonus as we go in search of back to back victories to really propel us up the table and further boost confidence of a good year, compared to the last few seasons.