Long doubtful for WBA trip

By SFC Media time Thu 15 Feb West Brom v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Shane Long

Shane Long is a major doubt for Southampton ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round trip to West Bromwich Albion, with a hamstring injury.

Mauricio Pellegrino revealed that the striker is the only concern he has ahead of the trip to The Hawthorns, outside of long-term absentee Charlie Austin.

"Maybe Shane will have problems to be ready for this game," said the Saints boss. "It's his hamstring, it's a little bit tight, but we will decide on Friday.

"Shane and Charlie are the only two players who are outside of the group right now."

if i give the opportunity to somebody it is because i feel he is really well prepared and deserves to be on the pitch.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager

As he has done in previous rounds, Pellegrino intends to field a strong side for the match, but also revealed he may bring in one or two players who haven't had so much of an opportunity recently.

"We have an amazing opportunity in the FA Cup to move forward," he said.

"We want to use this competition for many reasons, to try to put some players who didn't play too much, to try to improve as a team, and also because we want to go forward.

"I will prepare the game to try to win. If I give the opportunity to somebody it is because I feel that he is really well prepared and deserves to be there on the pitch.

"I will not give anything for free. I want to put out the players who I feel will represent our club in the best way."

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