Artur Boruc is hoping to line up for Saints this evening having returned to training after being ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup win over Yeovil.
The goalkeeper was back in training yesterday, with Mauricio Pochettino insisting that the Pole is over his back problem and ready to face league leaders Arsenal.
It was against the Gunners that Boruc returned to the fray last season after a tumultuous start to his Southampton career.
Having arrived at St Mary’s in September 2012, the former Celtic stopper was dropped after conceding six goals his first two appearances.
He was then recalled to the team for Saints’ New Year’s Day game against Arsenal last January, and would keep his place for the vast majority of 2013 until suffering a hand injury last month.
Looking back on that game against the Gunners in an exclusive interview for tonight’s SAINTS magazine, Boruc says it was at that moment that he felt things had started to go right for him after a tricky start to life on the south coast.
“I wanted to use the opportunity as well as I could, but the chance I got at the beginning wasn’t the best,” Artur tells our matchday magazine.
“I’m not the kind of person who sits and waits for an opportunity – I’m always fighting back.
“I’m not a patient guy – when I’m not in the team, I do everything I can to get back into it.
“I believe that (the Arsenal game) was a turning point,” he continues, “but I didn’t know what was going to happen that day.
“I came into the stadium unprepared because I hadn’t been playing and so I didn’t expect to play that game. When I found out I was going to play I was surprised.
“It was a funny game – it’s kind of hilarious to watch that first half back – but we got a draw in the end. Since then, things have been fantastic.”
You can read the rest of the fascinating interview with Artur Boruc in the 16th issue of SAINTS magazine, which is available at St Mary’s ahead of tonight’s game against the league leaders.
The magazine also features the views of manager Mauricio Pochettino and captain Kelvin Davis, as well as an interview with Academy star Jake Hesketh ahead of tomorrow’s FA Youth Cup game against Charlton.
You can pick up your copy of SAINTS ahead of tonight’s game in and around the stadium – as usual, it’s priced at just £3.