Ronald Koeman has confirmed that both Morgan Schneiderlin and Jack Cork will miss Monday’s game against Manchester United.
Speaking in a press conference on Friday, the Saints manager provided an update on the players’ fitness – as well as that of Toby Alderweireld and Dušan Tadić – after consulting his medical staff ahead of tomorrow’s training session.
“It’s a day off, but not for the manager,” he began. “I went to the training centre for updates.
“Jack Cork will not play, he has injured ankle ligaments and could be out for six weeks. Morgan Schneiderlin is doing well, but he is not fit for Monday.
“Toby Alderweireld is a positive – not really a hamstring more a fatigue in his muscle. He’s doubtful – maybe yes, maybe not. We have to wait until Monday which is three days more, so that’s the check-up.
“Dušan Tadić is okay.”
Despite the knocks, Koeman is still upbeat about his squad’s chances against United.
“There is no impact because have more than 11 (players) still,” he said. “You have to have 11 and that’s enough.
“James Ward-Prowse is doing well too – he’s near to training with the rest of the players which is good and we hope he will start to train from end of next week.”
Asked whether he would be tempted to change his formation to accommodate other players, the Saints manager wouldn’t confirm his intentions.
“No, we have to wait because we have to analyse Manchester United,” he explained. “We have our own way of playing.
“We always play in a certain way because it’s best for the players, but it all depends on players available to be sure and know more about that.”