Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is hoping his side will bounce back after a 9-0 thumping at Manchester United midweek.
Unfortunately for the Austrian and Saints fans, the Southampton squad continues to be ravaged by injury.
Let’s start with the good news.
Takumi Minamino, a loan signing from Liverpool on the January transfer window deadline day, is expected to feature in some capacity against Newcastle this afternoon.
Jan Bednarek will also play after his red card picked up against Manchester United was overturned on appeal. You can read more about that here.
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Oriol Romeu was back training again this week, though it’s not certain he will return to the first team as soon as this weekend.
There is similar news with Kyle Walker-Peters and Jannik Vestergaard, who are both set to be available to play some time soon but not this weekend.
Now onto the bad news.
Stuart Armstrong, arguably one of Southampton’s most important players in the way the team sets up, is unavailable after picking up a muscle injury according to Hasenhuttl.
Alex Jankewitz is unavailable after his early bath against United on Tuesday.
No updates were provided for Theo Walcott nor Ibrahima Diallo, suggesting that neither player will be available for the trip to Newcastle today.