Southampton’s Top Three Players Injured – Miss Newcastle Game

We watched Southampton’s 1-0 win at Ipswich Town in the FA Cup third round replay last night, with the winning goal coming from Shane Long, and Victor Wanyama  had to leave the game late in the first half with a hamstring problem, and he will certainly not play at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin – already injured

And maybe their best player – Morgan Schneiderlin – did not play last night and the defensive midfielder will miss up to four weeks of action with an abductor strain.

Former Newcastle transfer target Toby Alderweireld is also our for a few weeks with a hamstring problem.

Southampton have done really well this season under new manager  Ronald Koeman, even after selling six of their best players in the summer.

But when they lost some of their top players earlier in the season, they lost five games in a row, and they have maybe 14-15 top players and when all are available they are an extremely good side – probably a top four side.

But like Newcastle they do not have a big squad, and injuries and suspensions can very much affect them during the season.

But they will not be at their strongest on Saturday, and it gives Newcastle’s Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko a good chance to win the midfield battle at St. James’ Park in the late kick-off game on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s what manager Ronald Koeman said of Wanyama’s injury after the game last night:

“It is really negative because already we have some other injuries,” “I already spoke before the game with Victor and Steven Davis as I had made the decision to give both players 45 minutes.”

“Then 12 seconds before half-time, he got his hamstring injury and, okay, you know if it is really a hamstring injury then he will be out for four or five weeks.”

“I don’t regret playing him. He had some calf problems out of the game against Man United, but he trained yesterday.” “But, okay, we know we have a tough program and we don’t have a big squad to resolve that kind of problem with injuries.”

“Schneiderlin has a little bit the same as he had when he came back from the French national team.” “It is an abductor problem in his right leg and he will be out for three or four weeks, like Toby Alderweireld, but, okay, we have a lot of young players.”

“I think now we can handle this, but one or two injuries more we have to do something but we will see.”

The Saints will still be able to field a very good side on Saturday, but we must start to pick up some points in the league and this could be a good chance for us – especially when there’s a two week break before our next game at Hull on 31st January.

A defeat would not be good – but all 3 points would be terrific – although there’s not much expectation of that happening.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    You know what, we might just get something out of this game then. They haven’t got a huge squad and they had a strenuous work out last night.
    Carver v Koeman tactics wise is a worry though,
    Damn, there’s that ‘wise’ word again,

  • cyprus

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Watched most of the first half, Ipswich played just as well then. Was that Full strength Soton? If so, surely, we can compete…
    Then again, they spank us annually. I’ve gone for a draw.
    ok, Out of here, Ed, is on fire!

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news for us, they are key men in the middle setting a platform.


    I agree it would probably pan out that way. I’m interested to see what carver can do though, he said himself a year or two ago that pardew spends 4 days on defence then he gets a few hours to work on attacking.

    So if he has a full week to do it all his own way we might see better football.

    Not sure if it’s down to him or not but cabella put in his best performance by far at chelsea, I think was was mainly due to him being allowed to play 10/20 yards further up the pitch….so when he does his step overs/tricks defenders worry about bringing him down as he is near the box and also means he is in a dangerous place to deliver the ball/shoot.

  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    sing in the corner

    Perhaps if you misspell it “wize” it may make you feel better. lol

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5


    Ha ha…
    Thanks for the tip, but I’m already coming out in boils and my has fallen out. Shouldn’t have even thought the word…. Alas…my lifeforce is draining,,,goodbye cruel world……….

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    * hair!

  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    sing in the corner

    PMSL; He has always had that effect on people mate. Shearer should have punched his lights out when he had the chance.

    No head coach today, or even till after the Southampton game, They just cannot afford his ticket to Dubai.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    No i don’t think for one minute that Cabella’s performance was a Carver inspired master stroke
    He’s shown he’s capable of doing that every time he’s played

    Carver should not in any way shape or form should even be considered even if it’s only until the summer
    Of course the players will back him, he’s there current manager, there’s nothing about the bloke to suggest he can hit 10 points to keep us in the league, he’s got a poor management record, awful touch line history when it comes to bust ups and all he says in interviews is that he’s one of us, Bobby is cheering him on and when we lose he says the performance wasn’t good enough, not sure how any of that is a positive sign
    Him, like the rest of the coaching staff and Pardew, were and still our a huge part of the problem
    Many wanted the staff replacing before Pardew, what’s changed exactly?

    And what good is it to wait to the summer? There’s a top manager available now who wants the job, can’t see why this is even a debate tbh

  • Harley

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    We need to go at them from the start. All out attack, none of this cautious bull how we usually start off.
    We’re the home team, the crowd will be pumped up as there’s no pardew and we have the players to attack them.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    AP: ‘Mike, I’ve got a great idea. I want to take the lads to Dubai for a bit sun on their backs, a bit of a pick-me-up’
    Ashley: ‘I don’t know about that Alan. How much is this gonna cost, and when were you thinking?’
    AP: ‘Well I figured the weekend of the 4th round of the FA Cup would be perfect. I can sort it so that we will be free that weekend…’
    Ashley: ‘Sounds like a plan. Put out a press release saying that we are definitely interested in having a cup run, and will field our strongest side etc. That should sell enough tickets to cover the flight costs….’
    AP: ‘Great! I will tell the lads, I’m sure they will do their utmost to make sure this trip comes off……’

    Now call me a cynic, but………. SURELY the FA need to investigate this, as it is tantamount to match fixing. Pardew AND Carver KNEW about the planned Dubai training camp (booked ages ago), and yet conned the supporters, the FA, and lets not even mention the potential for underhanded ‘insider’ knowledge for betting purposes. We all know how the fat Bstard loves a gamble.

  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #11


    If it’s Remi Garde you are referring to the I agree he should be brought in now, with his own training staff.

    But we all know that the time the club is taking has nothing to do with getting the right man in, it’s all to do with lack of transfer activity and money.

  • martoon

    Jan 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m not sure why everybody is getting so worked up about the Dubai trip? They are coming back next Thursday which would have been in plenty of time if we had still been in the cup!
    The deafening silence on the next manager/coach is concerning.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 15, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    martoon @ 12

    I was not aware of the exact return dates. I stand corrected. Good post.

  • dannitoon

    Jan 15, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Toon to win 3-1


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