Claude Puel has confirmed that striker Manolo Gabbiadini is set to miss Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, but he is not anticipating any further new injury concerns.
Gabbiadini went off in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham just under a fortnight ago with a groin problem, and has not recovered in time for the showdown with the Cherries.
"I think that Gabbiadini cannot play this game,” said Puel. "He is not available, but we will see for the next one. For the other players, I hope and think it’s ok.
"I will see this afternoon, because I haven’t been able to see some of our international players, like Long, Stephens, Boufal, Sims, McQueen – many players.
"Of course, for us, it’s a little difficult because we have had 15 international players for this break. It’s a good thing for them and the club, but difficult for the staff to work and prepare this game for Bournemouth."
Puel also provided an encouraging update on Charlie Austin, who he hopes could return to action during April from his long-term shoulder injury.
"Charlie has made progress,” he said. "He needs to see his doctor from the surgery, but all the process is good for him.
"At the moment he trains alone, but he is doing good work and I hope he can come back in three weeks, I think."