Southampton vs West Ham
Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off sees Southampton playing host to West Ham.
Both sides head into the tie in desperate need of a win.
Southampton will begin the weekend sat 18th in the English top-flight, although a draw vs West Ham may be enough to move them out of the relegation zone.
As for West Ham, they are in horrendous form, winning just one of their last 10 league outings.
That awful streak has sucked the Hammers firmly into the relegation battle with Manuel Pellegrini’s men just one point adrift of the drop zone.
Hasenhuttl on Valery, Armstrong & Boufal
Ahead of the pivotal clash with West Ham, Ralph Hasenhuttl held his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
During the presser, Hasenhuttl gave updates on three of his players.
The Austrian would confirm that Yan Valery, who has been out for the last two weeks will be out for longer and he is dealing with a virus.
Hasenhuttl did provide some positive news though, stating the Saints will have Stuart Armstrong as an option for the weekend.
The Southampton boss also spoke about Sofiane Boufal, stating the winger is still not able to train without an injection:
“Yan Valery was out the last two weeks. He is out for longer, he has a virus, an infection which will take time.
“The good thing is that Stu Armstrong is back in training, he’s back with the team – he can be an option for the weekend.
“Sofiane is still not able to train without an injection, there’s pain in his toe. So this takes time. We’ve tried to get him fit for the last two games, but it’s not the perfect situation if you aren’t able to train much in the week.
“We will have a look how we improve this issue, but for now everyone else is fit.” As quoted by Southampton’s official website.
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