More good news for NUFC as another Southampton star is ruled out & 3 face late fitness tests

It looks like Danny Ings won’t be the only key player Southampton will be without ahead of tonight’s game at St Mary’s.

As revealed by Ralph Hasenhuttl, in-form left back Ryan Bertrand has also been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury.

That has left them with a mini crisis in that area, with back-up option Jake Vokins also a doubt.

Elsewhere, first choice centre-back Jan Bednarek is facing a late fitness test after being forced off at Aston Villa last weekend after landing awkwardly from an aerial duel – meaning we could well see a makeshift back four fielded tonight if all of the above fail to make it.

As Hasenhuttl states below, summer signing Ibrahima Diallo also has a ‘dead leg’, meaning there could be as many as FIVE senior players missing for the Saints tonight:

“Yes, we have a lot of concerns at the moment and the last game was definitely a tough one.

“It was on the edge of what is okay for me and we paid a high price.

“We have a lot of injuries at the moment and it caused me a lot of headache.

“We have five players with big issues. Bednarek has a horrible crash. Bertrand is out for the weekend. Diallo has a dead leg.

“Jake Vokins is also injured.

“The worst is Danny Ings.

It’ll still be a tough game, but like we did against Everton last weekend – who were also left depleted by injuries – we must take advantage.

HWTL.

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