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 – 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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