Southampton fans surely can’t believe how unlucky they’ve been recently as an injury to Shane Long added to their injury woes. Indeed, the likes of Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi are already spending time out on the sidelines, so Long’s injury has rubbed salt into the wounds.
Although, Saturday’s result gave fans plenty to cheer about as they managed to get the better of Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham Hotspur side, thanks to goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse.
What’s the news?
According to fitness expert Ben Dinnery’s personal Twitter account, Ralph Hasenhuttl has played down Shane Long’s injury and the forward should be available when the Saints’ Premier League fixtures resume this month.
Ralph Hasenhüttl plays down the injury sustained by Shane Long and the striker should be available when the Saints' PL fixtures resume later this month. “He got a kick on the hamstring and I don’t know how big the injury is,” he said. “Maybe it’s not so worse.” #SaintsFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 11, 2019
“He got a kick on the hamstring and I don’t know how big the injury is,”
“Maybe it’s not so worse.”
Southampton fans will be over the moon after hearing news that Shane Long should be available when the Saints resume their Premier League campaign as Charlie Austin needs support. The news will come as a big boost as the last thing Hasenhuttl would want is to have to deal with another injury in a key area.
Long, who is valued at £6.3 million (by Transfermarkt), hasn’t exactly been able to have much of an influence in the current campaign as he’s only scored one goal in 21 appearances in all competitions, but he could be quite deadly in front of goal if he starts firing.
The most important thing to take away from the Spurs match is the fact that Hasenhuttl secured all three points, as preserving the Saints’ Premier League status is far more important than an injury.
Southampton fans, surely this is great news?