Southampton v Newcastle Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Southampton v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Our shambolic record returns just 1 win from 14 with none in the last 13, and while we were throwing away a last minute lead against Crystal Palace, Ronald Koeman was comprehensively turning over Fat Sam.
To say I’m not overly confident of a result could be a bit of an understatement; defensively we look incapable of keeping a clean sheet – the last time Southampton failed to score at home against us was back in 1969 –while looking pretty toothless up front – drawing blanks in 7 of our last 9 away games.
With regards to player availability, the team news from the past week hasn’t been great – firstly the club announced that Siem de Jong suffered a muscular problem in training which would keep him out for a “number of months,” the extent of which was unknown.
However, based on what we do know, a grade three tear – total rupture – of the groin is likely to cause loss of function and long-term problems unless addressed properly. I wouldn’t be surprised if the summer signing required surgical intervention ruling him out until the New Year.
Rolando Aarons had demonstrated a youthful exuberance in recent weeks, offering at least a glimmer, but he too has fell by the wayside, picking up a hamstring problem while on England duty (under 20s) with a scan expecting to keep him out for a minimum of three weeks.
Newcastle will welcome the return of midfielder enforcer Cheick Tiote who returns after two full games of international football – a statistic which didn’t go unnoticed with Alan Pardew who will “have words” after he told them “he shouldn’t play 180 minutes,” I can only imagine how that conversation will go! However, the Ivorian is only likely to begin on the bench if deemed fit enough. Jack Colback is also available after his brief flirtation with the Three Lions ended prematurely because of a calf injury.
The biggest summer coup for Ronald Koeman was being able to hold onto the impressive Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin when all around were jumping ship – Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Gaston Ramirez & Dani Osvaldo – the Saints squad resembled that of a five-a-side team at one point, but the Dutchman steadied &has invested wisely.
Shane Long and Graziano Pelle are expected to lead the line with old boy Fraser Forster between the sticks following his big money move from Celtic. Toby Alderweireld comes with a good reputation and Senegalese international Sadio Mané is “very fast with a good record of goals,” although visa complications may rule the midfielder out.
I’d happily take a point right now thank you very much ………
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