Wanyama set to return, reveals boss

By SFC Media Mon 27 Jan First team

Mauricio Pochettino says Victor Wanyama could return to the squad for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League game against leaders Arsenal.

Wanyama has been out of action since injuring his leg in Saints’ defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in early December.

The Kenyan has been back in training for the past week-and-a-half, and looks set to be involved when the Gunners come to St Mary’s on Tuesday evening.

Rickie Lambert will face a fitness test after missing Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Yeovil with a hamstring complaint, while Artur Boruc looks set to return after also skipping that game with a minor back problem.

“It’s possible that Victor will be in the squad, and maybe [he will] get some minutes,” Pochettino confirmed to Saints Player earlier.

“We will assess Rickie and decide whether he is fit enough to play or to make the bench.”

One player who will not be involved, though, is striker Dani Osvaldo. The Italian international was handed a two-week suspension by the Club last week following a disciplinary incident.

Pochettino was questioned about Osvaldo’s future ahead of tomorrow’s game, but declined to elaborate on the situation – choosing to focus on the task of avenging last November’s defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

“[Osvaldo’s] situation is very clear,” insisted the Saints manager. “He’s suspended and there’s nothing more to add to that. 

“I’d prefer to focus on tomorrow’s game because I think the best thing for the Club and the team is to prepare for that.

“op teams like Arsenal and Chelsea have squads full of very talented players and great footballers. That’s what keeps them up at the top of the table in a long season. 

“We see this as an opportunity. One of our strengths is that we always think we can beat anyone, so we go into every game thinking we can win.”

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