Hasenhüttl hopeful on Djenepo's fitness

By SFC Media time Fri 12 Mar Saints v Brighton and Hove Albion
Photo by Matt Watson | Moussa Djenepo

Ralph Hasenhüttl hopes Moussa Djenepo will be available for the Premier League meeting with Brighton at St Mary’s, but says he must make a late decision on the Southampton winger’s fitness.

The Mali international was withdrawn at half-time against Manchester City in midweek, having clearly suffered a problem in overstretching as he took a shot at goal.

The boss explained how Djenepo’s body can be unpredictable in how it reacts to injuries, but hopes he will return to training ahead of Sunday’s south-coast showdown.

“Moussa was out after 30 minutes in the last game,” Hasenhüttl said. “It doesn’t look that bad, so hopefully he can start training by the end of the week so he can be an alternative for the weekend, but we don’t know it yet.

“Sometimes with Moussa his body reacts in a strange way. Sometimes it feels worse than it is in the end, but when you scan him he immediately shows a lot of blood in muscles when he has odd injuries, so we have to pay attention to how tough the injury definitely is.

“This is not so easy for our physios to see clearly, because sometimes he reacts better than they think, and when he takes the test it looks better than it should be normally, so it is always tough to decide whether he is available or not.”

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Danny Ings of Southampton receives treatment after picking up an injury during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane on March 06, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings hobbled out of last weekend's 2-0 victory at Sheffield United

Meanwhile, Hasenhüttl reiterated that top scorer Danny Ings will miss the Brighton game, as well as next weekend’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth.

“He is for sure out until the international break, I think. Hopefully we have him back after the international break,” he added.

Saints’ first game after the March internationals is against Burnley at St Mary’s, which is currently scheduled for Saturday 3rd April.

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