Southampton could be without striker Che Adams for their Premier League clash with Leeds United this weekend, which comes as a potential boost for the Whites.
The Lowdown: Leeds host Saints
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are back in Premier League action after the international break as they travel to St Mary’s on Saturday.
Leeds picked up their first league win of the season last time around, beating Watford 1-0, and another victory against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side would be just what the doctor ordered.
The Latest: Adams could miss out
James Ward-Prowse is already missing for Saints through suspension following his red card at Chelsea, and the home side could also be without Adams.
According to The Daily Record, the striker has been ruled out of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night due to a muscle injury and has returned to Southampton to be assessed.
The Verdict: Boost for Whites
Adams is a key player for the Saints, especially since the summer departure of fellow striker Danny Ings to Aston Villa, so this has to be considered a boost for Leeds.
Granted, the 25-year-old is still searching for his first league goal of the season, but he carries a threat in attack as evidenced by his nine top-flight goals last term, and Saints should be weakened by his absence. His potential absence would also deprive Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men of one of their main aerial threats – nobody else in Southampton’s squad can match his average of 3.2 successful aerial duels per game.
It remains to be seen whether or not Adams will be OK to feature on Saturday, but Leeds’ hopes of victory would surely be enhanced if the Scotland striker is unavailable.
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