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Double injury return boosts Southampton’s chances today

Double injury return boosts Southampton’s chances today

According to Injury Data Analyst Ben Dinnery, Southampton duo Manolo Gabbiadini and Mohamed Elyounoussi are in contention to be selected today after recovering from injury. 

The Saints travel to Wolves this afternoon, and manager Mark Hughes will appreciate his increasing options after the pair missed last week’s mauling by Liverpool.

With news that striker Shane Long is also carrying a toe injury, the return of the Italian will offer options up front where the team may have been thin on the ground. The returning Danny Ings, after being ineligible to play against his parent club last weekend, will likely lead the line against Nuno Espírito Santo’s men, but Gabbiadini is a threatening option from the bench.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Elyounoussi will be a welcomed return on the flank for The Saints. His creativity and passing from wide areas can help unlock Ings’, and indeed Gabbiadini’s potential on the south coast. The 24-year-old is still finding his feet in the Premier League after arriving from Basel in the summer, but has shown a lot of promise already.

The Saints currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table, having only won one game so far this season. Wolves offer a stern test, after they have taken to the league by storm after winning the Championship last season. They are yet to lose in the league at Molineux this term, however, Southampton will know the importance of these games, as they hope to avoid another disastrous season like the one that they endured last campaign.

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