Southampton have been boosted by the return of four players to fitness ahead of their Premier League clash with Norwich this weekend.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Armando Broja and Tino Livramento were all available for selection despite recent injury and illness complications.
Ward-Prowse and Livramento played in Southampton’s last Premier League game against Aston Villa but both were forced to withdraw from respective England senior and Under-21 squads with slight injuries.
Nathan Redmond tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the 1-0 win over Villa but will be back this weekend, whilst Armando Broja was unable to play for Albania during the international break but has seemingly recovered from his own injury issue to potentially take a striker role on Saturday.
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It will be pleasing news for Ralph Hasenhuttl to have these four players available for selection.
James Ward-Prowse and Tino Livramento take key roles in the team right now and are crucial to they way that Southampton play right now. Nathan Redmond and Armando Broja have hit some good form at times this season and will give a strong look to the attacking options that their manager can choose from as he plans to take on struggling Norwich.
Jack Stephens remains the only senior player out with injury and is expect to return to action at the end of December after full recovery from his knee complaint.
Interestingly, Saints will be taking on Dean Smith this weekend and he was in charge of the Aston Villa side that lost to them before the international break.
This could potentially be a positive for Southampton if they feel they have Smith’s tactics sussed but a new group of players could also mean a differing approach for the opposing manager.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s strong options so mean that he has switches of formation and different combinations to choose from to give his team the best chances of claiming more Premier League points.