Walker-Peters ruled out

By SFC Media time Thu 18 Feb Saints v Chelsea
Photo by Matt Watson | Kyle Walker-Peters

Southampton will be forced to face Chelsea on Saturday without first choice right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, after the 23-year-old limped out of last week's meeting with Wolves.

The manager confirmed that Walker-Peters will be unavailable for a 'few weeks', with a date for the full-back's return undetermined at this early stage.

Ibrahima Diallo and Theo Walcott remain sidelined, but Hasenhüttl reinforced the confidence he has in his existing squad to perform against Thomas Tuchel's side - a manager he knows well - and the faith he has in his players ability to bounce back from a difficult recent run.

"Still not very happy about what's going on with our injuries," the boss said.

"Kyle Walker-Peters is out for a few weeks, maybe, and that definitely hurts us. He was a big part of our good run and when he was not there we've had a worse run. It's a never-ending story of this season, players getting injured.

"With Ibra [Diallo] and Theo Walcott too, we're missing three important players for our game. We have to trust the players we do have available.

"The first win after such a run is always the most difficult, but the most important, and one we're fighting for."

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