Date: 30th April 2015 at 7:00pm
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Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will now miss the remaining of the campaign with injury.

The Frenchman limped out of the game against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and it has since been confirmed that he has damaged ligaments in his left knee and he will not return to fitness for our remaining games this year.

Speaking to saintsfc in his pre game press conference ahead of the Sunderland game, Koeman explained.

‘It`s the ligaments of his left knee and that`s a shame because he`s out for the last part of the season. He`s a key player so it`s disappointing. It`s a knee injury. It`s not five months but at least four or five weeks.’

Koeman can however welcome back fellow midfielder Victor Wanyama from his suspension ahead of the trip to the Stadium of Light.

‘We are lucky that Victor is coming back after his suspension for two matches, but you like to have everyone available of course, Morgan is very important. Victor is physically strong and he`s played his part in the good defensive organisation of the team, and that`s about the midfielders and defenders. We have very good organisation and Victor is part of that.’

With the return of Wanyama, Koeman could now choose to return Toby Alderweireld back to the back four for the game, but the gaffer admits his options are open at this stage.

‘It`s a possibility, we have one more session to decide what we want for Saturday and of course we know Toby can be a centre back. We know he can play in midfield too because he is doing well in that position so we`ll have to make a decision.’

Joining Schneiderlin on the sidelines is Dusan Tadic and he has been ruled out of the Sunderland match after struggling with a groin problem.

‘Du?an is not available because he still has a lot of groin problems and we decide to put him out of the team as he isn`t 100 per cent. He has to come back 100 per cent because if not we could still have that problem next season.’

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