Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has shared the latest team and injury news ahead of their crunch FA Cup clash with West Ham United this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Saints without trio…
The Saints, going on a brilliant six-game unbeaten run since late January, have picked up head-turning results against members of the traditional Premier League top teams in that time.
Hasenhuttl’s side bravely held English champions Man City, ran out victorious away to Tottenham and snatched a 1-1 draw against Man United at Old Trafford.
More recently, they’ve had to maintain this imperious form without the trio of Nathan Tella, Alex McCarthy and Lyanco – with it now confirmed that Southampton are still without the latter man also.
The Latest: Hasenhuttl confirms Lyanco out…
Indeed, Hasenhuttl will be without the Brazilian for tonight’s FA Cup clash with West Ham.
Speaking to the press, when asked if Lyanco, Tella and McCarthy remained the only Saints men sidelined, the Danish boss replied: “That’s right.”
The Verdict: Blow for Ralph…
Not having Lyanco back in time for this evening comes as a blow.
The 25-year-old had started to edge his way into the Southampton’s starting eleven since late November, with Hasenhuttl giving Lyanco the nod in five of his last eight Premier League games before the player was sidelined.
The Saints boss has been very impressed with his 2021 summer signing in recent months, showering praise on the South American he is in ‘love’ with and a character who ‘fits perfectly’ at St. Mary’s (Yahoo Sport).
He’s also been called an ‘incredible’ player by sports journalist Josh Stewart and one who could help to guide Southampton back to Europe, so Hasenhuttl will want him back as soon as possible.
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