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Shane Long | Forward | #7

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

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Republic of Ireland did their best to keep pace with Belgium, but the Red Devils eventually opened the floodgates in the second half and won, 2-0.
Republic of Ireland played their scrappy brand of football, doing the best they could to make up for a lack of quality, and it served them well for the first 45 minutes with the two sides staying level on the scoreboard. The tide turned just after the second half began, when Toby Alderweireld caught Shane Long with his boot on an attempted clearance. The play could have been adjudged worthy of a penalty, but the referee did not see it that way and Belgium would score on a counter-attack just moments later. There simply wasn't enough attacking pressure from the likes of Long, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady and Republic of Ireland were eventually run over. On an optimistic note, they play Italy in the final round and the Azzurri will likely rest the majority of their regular starters. Jun 18 - 11:03 AM
Source: Guardian

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Shane Long almost scored in Ireland's 1-0 win over Switzerland but was denied by the crossbar.

The Southampton forward couldn't be stopped against Switzerland and created danger from start to finish. Long will likely continue playing heavy minutes for the Saints and remains a fantasy option. In the same match, Ciaran Clark impressed at centre-back and raises the question of why he's not getting a bigger chance at struggling Aston Villa.
Source: DailyEcho
Mar 26 - 4:47 PM

The Saints will be looking to bounce back from the hugely disappointing midweek defeat at Bournemouth, but Ronald Koemans’ men will have to do without Charlie Austin and Shane Long.

Charlie Austin sustained a hamstring injury at the Vitality to cap a truly miserable evening with tests confirming the striker will miss up-to a month. However, there better news regarding Shane Long, who managed to shake off his own muscular problem to play on Tuesday night. The Irishman was forced off following a kick to the knee, with Koeman confirming post-match that the injury was not serious. Long will miss the game versus Sunderland but should return at the Britannia in game week thirty. Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane are likely to come into the side.
Mar 3 - 9:55 AM

Shane Long is a major doubt for Tuesdays’ derby with south coast rivals AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality after the Saints forward limped off against Chelsea last weekend.

Long picked up a minor muscle injury and after further tests the news was positive, although his involvement in game week twenty-nine is unlikely due to the quick turnaround in matches. "He was injured but it's not final he's out," Ronald Koeman said. "After the result of the scan it’s a hamstring injury and that’s good news. It will be difficult because Saturday to Tuesday is very short." If the 29-year-old does miss out then Southampton will look to the likes of Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane - who have found themselves frozen out in recent weeks - to help fill the void.
Source: Daily Echo
Feb 29 - 3:24 PM

Shane Long scored once again for Southampton and earned his team a huge three points.

Southampton continue to play well and are tied for sixth place with West Ham. The Saints played another solid match, and Shane Long provided the spark needed to win it. The assist came from James Ward-Prowse, a youngster who has been playing well this season. Swansea's troubles deepen with this loss, and they are now just three points head of the relegation zone.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 13 - 2:50 PM

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

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