Southampton welcome Manchester United to St Mary’s in this Saturday’s early kick-off, but could be without three of their forwards, according to BBC Sport.
Nathan Redmond, who scored the Saints’ second against Brighton last weekend, has been ruled out for at least two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury against Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
“At the moment it looks like (Redmond) will be out for two-three weeks,” Hasenhuttl said in a press conference with reporters prior to this weekend’s showdown on the south coast.
“He could be out longer and he has to wear a protective boot for the next 10 days but it (his recovery) could be quicker. It could also have been worse, we’re not happy about having injuries after the last game.
“He will be a massive loss for our team for sure. He can make a difference and I’m happy that it’s not worse because it could’ve been and then the impact would have been worse for us. Every game he is missing isn’t good for us.”
Elsewhere, new signing Moussa Djenepo will also miss the Red Devils clash with a muscle injury, while Tuesday’s goalscorer – Michael Obafemi – is also expected to be absent after suffering cramp at Craven Cottage.
“Michael Obafemi cramped a little bit and maybe the game at the weekend is too much for him after the game on Tuesday,” added the Saints boss.
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This injury news will come as a huge blow to Southampton, who have gradually started to improve as the season has progressed.
The Saints started the campaign dreadfully, losing 3-0 to Burnley on the opening day but showed signs of progression against Liverpool a week later, narrowly losing 2-1. They were also impressive against Brighton last weekend, albeit playing against 10 men for the majority of the match after Florin Andone was dismissed for a rash challenge inside the opening half an hour, finishing the game as 2-0 victors.
It is likely that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will line up with both Che Adams and Danny Ings up front, who have featured in all three Premier League games so far. Elsewhere, Stuart Armstrong could start in place of Redmond on the right-hand side of midfield, while Sofiane Boufal is also another option after impressing off the bench last weekend, coming on to provide an assist.
Indeed, with no Redmond, who has averaged 2.3 shots on goal and 2.3 successful dribbles in his opening three games this season (as per WhoScored), the Saints will definitely miss something against the Red Devils.
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