Premier League football returns on Saturday. That was a quick “break”, wasn’t it?
A plethora of Southampton players featured for their countries in UEFA’s Nations League this past week and unfortunately for Saints, one has come back injured.
According to Adam Blackmore, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl reported that Stuart Armstrong has come back injured from international duty with Scotland.
#saintsfc— Adam Blackmore (@AdamBlackmore) September 10, 2020
Ralph Hasenhuettl made it clear this afternoon that Alex McCarthy is his number one keeper at the start of this season, ahead of Forster and Gunn
Stuart Armstrong has come back from international duty with an injury - Ralph not too chuffed about the scheduling
This means there is a strong possibility that Armstrong will miss Saturday’s Premier League opener between Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Armstrong emerged as a key player and a driving, creative force in the Southampton midfield in the latter half of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Given how short Saints are on midfield numbers, Armstrong’s absence will be sorely felt.
At the time of writing, there are no details about what the injury is and how long the Scot will be sat on the sidelines.
This news comes just days after Southampton staff and fans were left concerned at a head clash in an England training camp which saw striker Danny Ings require treatment.
Ings made it to the England substitute’s bench for their game with Denmark after the clash of heads, but didn’t see any minutes on the pitch.
In the same tweet, Blackmore confirmed that Hasenhuttl sees Alex McCarthy as his number one goalkeeper ahead of Angus Gunn and the returning Fraser Forster.