Walker-Peters provides welcome boost


The return of Kyle Walker-Peters provides a welcome boost for Ralph Hasenhüttl as Southampton travel to Molineux to face Wolves in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Both Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu have returned to training and are available for Thursday's FA Cup clash with Wolves.

While the defensive ranks have been bolstered, attacking options for Hasenhüttl are somewhat limited.

Theo Walcott’s absence is expected to be long term and while Takumi Minamino provides relief for him in the long run – he is cup tied and won’t feature for Saints at Molineux on Thursday.

“With a long injury from Theo Walcott we need him,” said the boss on Minamino. "He showed immediately that he can score and help us in the number 10 position. I'm happy we have brought him in.

“We see more and more players joining us, more and more players coming back – we need this as we are still in a busy time of the season.

“We have Kyle Walker-Peters back and Mohammed Salisu now able to play.

“We still have five injured players but it’s getting better, the squad is getting bigger now and it’s giving me more opportunities.

“Jannik training one time and then playing a game is not perfect, not for the injury risk – coming back after long injuries is always dangerous.

"The more alternatives we have the more we can rotate in the next games and this is what we will have to do because the last thing we need is injuries. We must really take care of them."