After a sluggish start to the season culminating in two disheartening losses to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and to second-tier Brentford in the Carabao Cup, the last thing this beleaguered Southampton squad needs is injuries.
Unfortunately for Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, he has already had to deal with some injury headaches this season.
Stuart Armstrong came back from international duty with an injury which saw him miss out on both aforementioned matches.
Some good news is that Scotland’s Armstrong is back training again and Hasenhuttl says he could feature for Southampton in their upcoming match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
“Stuart [Armstrong] was out on the pitch for the first time today [Friday],” Hasenhuttl said in a pre-match press conference. [H/T Hampshire Live] “I don’t think he will start either but he could maybe be a part of the squad. I am not sure, we could not say right now.”
However, there is some bad news for Southampton fans.
Nathan Redmond is expected to miss Spurs’ visit after picking up what looked like a potentially serious knee injury against Brentford on Wednesday.
Hasenhuttl confirmed it was actually an ankle injury that Redmond sustained midweek, but that means he will definitely miss out on the upcoming Tottenham game.
“Redmond has an ankle injury following that game against Brentford,” Hasenhuttl revealed. “It is a ligament injury and he will not be available for the weekend.”
It’s unclear how long Redmond will be sidelined for.
Given Southampton’s uninspiring start to the 2020-21 campaign, it’s certainly worrying to see that Saints are already losing players to injury from a paper-thin squad.
Let’s hope Redmond makes a speedy recovery.