Southampton will be concerned with the fitness of one of their key players as the international break takes centre stage in the footballing calendar.
According to Mark Mann-Bryans, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy had to sit out of the England training session.
Some new faces join familiar figures at England training this afternoon.
Welbeck, Rose and McCarthy sitting out as a precaution. pic.twitter.com/DkAGzo4w6U
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) October 9, 2018
The Press Association journalist revealed on Twitter that the shot-stopper had not been risked as a precaution, although there will be some concern from the Saints.
McCarthy managed to get through the game against Chelsea at the weekend, despite there being rumours about a possible hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old has become Mark Hughes’ number one in the first-team during his time at the club and will be hoping that there are no further issues with the ‘keeper.
Southampton do have Angus Gunn and Fraser Forster available as capable replacements, however, with a south coast derby against Bournemouth coming up when the Premier League returns, they would rather have McCarthy on the field.
It remains to be seen if there is any real injury concern to McCarthy or if he has just sat out of training as a precaution.
Southampton will be hoping that he will be fine and will be able to return to the Saints in top shape as they look to get their Premier League campaign back underway.
The Saints have had a difficult start to the year and will be looking to take points from the Cherries and Newcastle United before they meet Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in November.
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