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Shane Long | Forward | #9

Team: Southampton
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 179

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Shane Long scored a brace and Southampton undressed Arsenal 4-0 at St. Mary's to cost out the Boxing Day program.
It was exactly what the Saints needed after going six matches without a win. They bullied Arsenal all over the pitch and scored four goals as Arsenal dropped their opportunity to go top of the table. Sat, Dec 26, 2015 06:53:00 PM

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Shane Long has been ruled out for gameweek 11.

Southampton's forward is still nursing an ankle injury and will not be available for this weekend's match. Long hasn't been able to get regular starters' minutes this season and he has fallen down the depth charts of a healthy Southampton team. He is not worth holding onto in fantasy leagues at the moment.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 12:55:00 PM

Shane Long will be assessed after the Republic of Ireland forward was stretchered off during Sundays' Euro qualifying defeat in Poland.

Long had been recalled to the starting line-up in Warsaw following his winner from the bench against Germany, but the 28-year-old was replaced early in the second half following a rash tackle from behind which went unpunished. Post-match Martin O'Neill revealed "I still have to get the news through from the doctors but he is in a bit of pain at the moment." Having narrowly lost out on the night [2-1], Ireland now face the prospect of a third place play-off in the hope of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships. John O’Shea and Jon Walters will definitely miss the first leg due to suspension while Ireland will be sweating on the availability of Long for this crucial match which is just a month away.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 05:30:00 AM

Shane Long scored in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

Ireland played well and Long came off the bench to score the final goal for his country. Despite the positive note, it's hard to trust Long in fantasy right now as he's being rotated with Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic and it's hard to predict who will start any given week. Avoid him in leagues where rosters lock at the beginning of the gameweek.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Shane Long started for Southampton in place of Jay Rodriguez in week two.

Jay Rodriguez made his anticipated return from injury in week one and was a bit rusty in his hour on the pitch. Ronald Koeman decided that he'll start Shane Long in week two, but Long wasn't much better in an overall poor game by Southampton. There is definitely some uncertainty in the position going forward and both players are a risk in fantasy games. Rodriguez likely has a bigger ceiling on the season and should be the preferred player to own in draft leagues.
Source: Daily Echo
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Shane Long is considered probable for Southampton's match against Newcastle this weekend.

The forward missed the Saints' match against Vitesse this week due to an illness but should be fine by Sunday and is expected to play a part. He might not start, ill or healthy, so he should be kept on fantasy benches until Ronald Koeman establishes a rotation for his squad in the first few weeks. Jordy Clasie continues struggling with a hamstring injury and could miss out tomorrow.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Shane Long did not travel to Holland to face Vitesse due to an illness.

Long is ill and hasn't been taken to Holland to face Vitesse in the second leg of Southampton's Europa League qualifier. The Saints won the first leg 3-0 and it's possible Ronald Koeman is just being extra cautious with his players right now. Jordy Clasie (hamstring) also remained at home and we likely won't know about his availability for the weekend until Friday, although Koeman mentioned that Clasie is looking "positive" for Sunday's match. New signing Steven Caulker is available and fit, so we could see him feature for the Saints tomorrow.
Source: Daily Echo
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 01:20:00 PM

Shane Long played well in Southampton's last match against Aston Villa.

Long started on the wing and quickly set up Sadio Mane for two goals right off the bat. He finished the day with two goals and two assists and is currently the second highest fantasy scorer of the week. That's an impressive display for the forward and despite showing some inconsistency this season, he has proven he belongs in the Premier League. Long may not be a starter next season, especially with Jay Rodriguez returning from injury, but he should stick around the Premier League and can be trusted in fantasy whenever he starts.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, May 18, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Shane Long led Southampton to a 2-0 win over Burnley with a goal in the 37th minute.

Long started alongside Graziano Pelle this week but was just as effective and scored on a ball that Pelle completely missed. Southampton still have a chance at a top four finish but it's an extremely tight race with Manchester United having a three point lead and an extra game in hand. Burnley, on the other hand, are in the relegation zone and don't seem to have what it takes to stay up in the Premier League this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 01:29:00 PM

Shane Long and Morgan Schneiderlin face late tests ahead of game-week 26, but both are probable to feature unless they suffer any adverse reaction from Friday's training.

Long will likely be on the bench with how well the rest of Southampton's forwards have played in recent weeks so he is not a fantasy option at the moment. Sadio Mane has been spectacular and Eljero Elia has played well, with Dusan Tadic providing a much needed bench spark most weekends. Avoid Long for now.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Shane Long left Southampton's FA Cup match earlier today with suspected broken ribs.

This is another big blow for a Southampton team already thin at the forward position. If Long has indeed broken his ribs, you can expect to see a lot more of James Ward-Prowse and Eljero Elia in the coming weeks, both of them proving to be fantastic fantasy options when on the pitch. Check back later for a timeline on Long's absense.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Shane Long made the most of his second half substitute appearance, scoring twice to break a goalless stalemate, and Southampton continue to fly high in the table with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Ronald Koeman seems to be doing everything right as the Saints look to be more deserving of a top four spot with each passing week. Today, he was given his usual attacking contributions from the likes of Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, but after 65 minutes, there still was no finishing product to be had. Enter Long. In the span of five minutes, he scored twice, first being teed up by Pelle then Victor Wanyama, giving Long his first two goals as a Saint in dramatic fashion. As if enough weren't already going their way, the Saints get to face an Aston Villa side next who will be without their top weapon Christian Benteke due to suspension.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Shane Long has recovered from the knock he picked up against Newcastle and has participated in training for the past three days.

Long has played well with Southampton despite not having any goals or assist this year. On top of that, Southampton have played well and have been scoring goals and it's just a matter of time until he gets on the scoresheet. Swansea have been playing well but aren't unbeatable. Long should be considered in fantasy leagues where he costs significantly less than Graziano Pelle.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 08:09:00 PM

Shane Long has earned himself the starting job at Southampton in favor of James Ward-Prowse.

Long plays on the right side of Graziano Pelle and has performed respectably in recent weeks, almost scoring last time out against Newcastle. On the left of Pelle is Dusan Tadic, who has also played well and is unlikely to lose his spot. Long is not the greatest of options against Swansea this week but can certainly be used when Southampton face easier opposition.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 09:38:00 PM

Southampton have signed forward Sadio Mane from Red Bull Salzburg.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman has said that Mane can play both centrally or as a wing but it's more likely he lines up out wide. New Saints striker Graziano Pelle has played well centrally and Mane will likely support him from out wide. It's unknown whether Mane will replace Shane Long on the left or James Ward-Prowse on the right, but you can expect some sort of rotation throughout the season. Mane has scored 45 goals in 87 matches throughout the last two seasons and can be a good fantasy value as Southampton seem to have a good attack once again.
Source: BBC
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 07:58:00 PM