After yet another international break (and yes, there is yet another coming up in November), Premier League football is back on Saturday afternoon.
Southampton host Leeds United at St Mary’s Stadium on 16 October and unfortunately for Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, international duty has seen one of his players return to the South Coast injured.
Che Adams picked up an undisclosed muscle injury during his time with the Scotland national team and will be unavailable for the Leeds game.
Adams is not only the notable injury certainty for Saturday with Jack Stephens confirmed to be out.
Stephens suffered a knee injury during the 0-0 draw away at Manchester City in September and is expected to be sidelined for a number of months.
“Jack Stephens is still out. We have Che Adams returned back from the internationals with a muscle injury,” said Hasenhuttl in his pre-match press conference.
“Not too serious, but for this game at the weekend, he is definitely out. I’ve not seen everybody back so far, but the reports have been quite positive for the rest, that they are all well.”
There could be some good news for Saints fans, however.
Adams’ international and club teammate Stuart Armstrong is nearing a return to first team action, though it’s unlikely that he’d feature in any big capacity against Leeds.
One of Southampton’s key players, Armstrong hasn’t played a minute of football for Saints so far this season thanks to a calf injury.
Understandably, Hasenhuttl doesn’t want to rush him back to action.
“He has been out for a very long time, he’s been unavailable,” said the Austrian, cooling expectations of an Armstrong appearance.
“He needs to come back now and to step up,” he continued. “He is for me, for sure, an important player.
“Last season, Armstrong was one of our best number tens that we had on the pitch, and was also an important player in the number six position - he scored a few important goals for us, also.
“He is definitely a player who is important for our game and I am happy when he can work with us consistently.”
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse will miss the game after being sent off against Chelsea.