Walker-Peters back in contention


First choice right-back Kyle Walker-Peters is back in contention as Southampton prepare for a trip to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United in Premier League action this weekend.

The 23-year-old has been sidelined for the past few weeks, his second stint in the treatment room since the turn of the year, but is nearing a return to full fitness, the manager has confirmed.

Ralph Hasenhüttl also revealed positive news relating to Ibrahima Diallo and Takumi Minamino, with both on track to feature in the not too distant future, while Theo Walcott could be available after this month's international break.

"The injury news is so far that we have a few players back training; Ibra, Taki and Kyle," Hasenhüttl commented.

"They are in the sessions. If they are available for the game, we'll have to have a look. But it looks good. We may have a few more alternatives on the weekend.

"We have to pay attention with Moussa [Djenepo], he has a big injury history since he's been with us here. Three games in a week is a bit difficult for him, I think. We need to be careful how we manage the load.

"Theo [Walcott] was the worst of all the muscle injuries. I hope that after the international break he will be back. He's had a good impact for us this season."