Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl continues his preparations for this Saturday’s trip to the London Stadium where we play our penultimate Premier League clash of the 2018/19 campaign against West Ham United.
Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media on Thursday afternoon, the Austrian gave an update on the state of play when it came to our current injury list and there weeren’t any great surprises in the update he gave.
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Having missed out against Bournemouth last weekend, centre-half duo Maya Yoshida and Jannik Vestergaard continue to be ruled out for this one, but Vestergaard’s season is unfortunately over now. Hasenhuttl was able however to confirm that midfielder’s Mario Lemina and Stuart Armstrong are in his thoughts for Saturday – but he wouldn’t be drawn on their fitness levels and whether their involvement may be starting XI or simply options from the substitutes bench.
“Maya is not able to play. Jannik Vestergaard’s season is over, he has a small issue. We will change the team a little like we did in the last game; we have a few players who have shown that they want to play and start from the beginning. It’s not necessary to rotate five or six players just because we are safe but for one or two, they will look at this match and the final game as a chance to get in the starting eleven. The rest are okay, we have no other injured players. Lemina is an option for the weekend and Armstrong too, who didn’t play from the beginning against Bournemouth. It’s not an easy decision for me so let’s have a look.”
With us now safe from the drop it’ll be interesting to see if he uses the final two games as an opportunity to look at another couple of Academy prospects.