Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has told fans that he hopes Nathan Redmond’s injury is not too bad after he was forced to be substituted versus Fulham on Tuesday evening.
The 25-year-old forward – who managed to grab the only assist of the game – was helped off the pitch by Saints’ medical team after falling to the floor after an ankle injury.
Not long before he helped Michael Obafemi get off the mark for the season by laying up a tap in for the Irish forward after he made a superb run.
Southampton went onto win Carabao Cup game 1-0 away at Craven Cottage, thus sending them into the Third Round of the draw.
Hasenhuttl said (via Daily Echo): “The first thing is that I hope the injury of Nathan is not that bad.
“It was a shocking moment when he was laying on the ground, but the good thing is that the ankle is not swollen.
“The bad thing is that he is in big pain, so we must have a look.”
“We must have a look and we must wait for the diagnosis.”
While Hasenhuttl will be delighted his side are through to the next round of the cup, he might be worried that he will have lost one of his best players to play Manchester United this weekend.
This is the risk that Hasenhuttl plays when he sticks out a near full-strength side so early in the season in a cup match – just a few days after a key game versus Brighton, in which Redmond scored.
The 25-year-old is a key part to this Southampton side and any game that he misses will be a huge loss for them. So far – before his injury against Fulham – he had played every minute for them this season and also leads the charts on WhoScored for an average rating for a player that has started a game with 6.98.
It’s a fair argument that the attacker is Southampton’s biggest outlet and main attacking threat: he has recorded more shots per game than anyone else in the side with 2.3, as many key passes per game with 1.3, more dribbles per game with 2.3 and is the joint-top scorer with 1 goal (all stats per WhoScored).
Hasenhuttl might end up regretting playing Redmond on Tuesday purely because of how important he is to this Southampton side and that the league is more important than the cup.
Redmond is an important part of his pressing play and has been a vital part of the squad ever since he took over at the club, therefore he will want him just as much as anyone as they take on Manchester United this weekend.
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