Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has some thinking to do ahead of Southampton’s game against Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium tonight.
Injuries continue to be an issue for the Saints and that is evident with the defensive options at Hasenhuttl’s disposal for Arsenal’s visit.
Kyle Walker-Peters, who of course was previously a Tottenham Hotspur player that would love to play against the Gunners, is unavailable after picking up a muscle injury in training following Saints’ 1-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
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Oriol Romeu is not expected to be available for Saints selection with his recent injury woes, while the likes of Jannik Vestergaard and Mohammed Salisu are set to remain out injured for the foreseeable future.
Romeu is likely to be available on the weekend, according to Hasenhuttl.
In other defensive team news, Ryan Bertrand is definitely out of the Arsenal game with a suspension. Bertrand will serve his one-game ban tonight after accumulating five bookings so far this season.
Injuries also extend to Southampton’s attacking and midfield options. Moussa Djenepo, Will Smallbone, Michael Obafemi and Nathan Tella are all out injured.
There is one piece of good news that is particularly uplifting with Djenpo missing. Nathan Redmond is set to return to the first team fold after struggling with some nagging muscle injuries.