Puel: Cédric back for Saturday

By SFC Media time Thu 17 Nov Saints vs Liverpool

Claude Puel says Fraser Forster and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who both returned early from international duty, should be fit for the visit of Liverpool, while Cédric is likely to be available again after injury.

Forster returned to Saints before England’s game against Scotland with a slight injury, while Højbjerg also returned early to have a small knock assessed.

But Puel is confident the duo, along with Ryan Bertrand and Dušan Tadić, should be fit for the game against Liverpool on Saturday.

“I don’t know for sure yet because I cannot see all of the players, but we will see in the training session,” Puel said.

“I think we can recover many players. I think it’s okay for Fraser and Pierre also. They have some injuries in the last week, but they should be fine.

“Ryan is okay and Tadić had an injury to his nose, but he spoke with the medical team already and should be fine for Saturday’s game.”

Ryan Bertrand during the Premier League match between Hull City and Southampton at the KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull, England on 20 November 2016. Photo by Matt  Watson/SFC/Digital South.
Ryan Bertrand is expected to be fit for Saturday's game

Puel had further positive news on the injury front, with Cédric likely to be back in contention, but the Saints boss has ruled Shane Long and Matt Targett out.

“Cédric will come back, and Shane Long has come back into the training sessions, but it’s too soon for this game,” Puel added.

“It’s too soon for him for this game, but we will see for next week. Targett is still injured, but for the other players it’s okay.”

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