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The return of Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini came on a rough afternoon for Southampton as the Saints suffered a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Claude Puel's side were overmatched by Manchester City on Saturday. The Saints actually had the early chance of the match, when Dusan Tadic thumped high and over after receiving a pass in the area from Gabbiadini, but that was as close as they would get to finding the back of the net. Pep Guardiola's side then flexed their attacking muscles in the second-half as Vincent Kompany headed home in the 55th minute, before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero put the match to bed with strikes in the 77th and 80th. The result sees Southampton remain in ninth place, even on 40 points with Watford but ahead in goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 4:02 PM

Southampton joint-captain Steven Davis is available for selection to face Man City on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international missed the Saints' win over West Brom last weekend after picking up an injury late on in the win against Crystal Palace three days earlier. In his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Puel said: "For Davo he will be available for the team again."
Apr 14 - 11:55 AM

Southampton's Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini has been passed fit to play against Manchester City on Saturday.

Claude Puel and his side will welcome the return of the January signing as Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez struggled to score in his absence. Gabbadini has been out since picking up a groin strain against Spurs last month. His manager has admitted that the former Napoli man may not be fit enough to play 90 minutes on Saturday: ""He is likely to come back into the squad and we will see if he can start, or perhaps come on in the second-half of the game."
Apr 14 - 11:51 AM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has praised the recent improvements in performance by playmaking midfielder Dusan Tadic.

The comment comes just weeks after Tadic complained to the press that his manager was substituting him too often to the detriment of the team's results. However, at the end of the international break Puel stated that the issue between himself and his midfielder had been dealt with internally. The result of this has been two consecutive matches where Tadic has completed 90 minutes for the first time since August. He assisted Jordy Clasie's goal in the win against West Brom and his manager heaped praise on his displays since Christmas: "Dusan has had a very good second half of the season." Puel added: "He works for the team, he takes on players and he can play it simple and give good assists." Puel also challenged Tadic to improve his goalscoring and add to his tally of three so far this term.
Apr 11 - 2:46 PM

Southampton right-back Jeremy Pied donned his team's jersey and played for the first time since suffering an injury in August on Monday night.

Pied played for just over an hour in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool's reserve side at St. Mary's, having failed to make an appearance off the bench in three previous matches for the Under-23s. Pied made his Premier League debut for the Saints back in August against Watford after arriving from Ligue 1 side Nice to reunite with manager Claude Puel. Soon after, he suffered a serious cruciate injury in training from which he has since been recovering. In his first appearance back, Pied set up the Reserves' first goal with a cross for Alfie Jones.
Apr 11 - 2:36 PM

Southampton grabbed all three points at the Hawthorns today with a 1-0 victory over West Brom.

The absence of Oriol Romeu in midfield gave Jordy Clasie a rare start in midfield for Southampton alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and he grabbed his opportunity in the first half. He gave his side the lead with a finish befitting his surname. He latched onto a Tadic lay-off on the edge of the penalty area and powered the ball into the top right hand corner of the net beyond Foster. Fraser Forster at the other end made a plethora of crucial saves. He leapt a to deny Rondon's late first-half header while later the second-half introduction of McClean led to an improvement from the Baggies and a flurry of saves from the Englishman from Dawson and Evans' efforts.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 8 - 12:10 PM

Southampton may be without a number of key players for Saturday's visit to West Brom.

Striker Manolo Gabbiadini may not recover in time from a groin strain which he suffered in mid-March. Meanwhile, attacking full-back Ryan Bertrand may also miss the clash. The England international missed Wednesday's victory over Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury. Additionally, the Saints are sweating over the fitness of creative attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, who picked up an injury in training. Puel summarised this uncertainty thus: "We will see with the training session with Gabbiadini, Bertrand... Boufal – all these player I don’t know for the moment."

Southampton will have to do without influential defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu for their next two games after he was suspended for accumulating 10 cautions this term.

The Spaniard received the suspension automatically pursuant to Football Association rules for his tenth yellow card of the domestic campaign, which he earned in a foul on Wilfried Zaha with 20 minutes to go on Wednesday evening. He will miss the Saints' visit to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on Saturday as well as Man City's visit to St. Mary's on April 15. He is likely to be replaced in the side by Jordy Clasie.
Apr 6 - 10:58 AM

Southampton joint-captain Steven Davis is a doubt for Southampton's visit to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international went off with minutes to go in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, just after the Saints had scored their second goal in three minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Manager Claude Puel said that he is unsure that Davis will be able to line out on Saturday: ""We don't know the situation of the injury of Davis and we will see all this with calm". He added: "It's an injury to his ankle and we will see with the doctor if he can participate."
Apr 6 - 10:49 AM

Claude Puel will assess a number of players ahead of his sides trip to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Southampton enjoyed a come from behind win over in-form side Crystal Palace midweek, a victory which keeps alive their slim hopes of a Europa League spot. But the Saints face the prospect of a tricky trip to West Brom in game week thirty-two without several of their first-team stars. Ryan Bertrand is hampered by a muscular problem: "He felt something with his hamstring [last weekend]," and Puel can only "hope" the England international is available. He also revealed that Steven Davis has picked up an ankle injury: "We will see with the doctor if he can participate," while the rest of the squad will be assessed in training. That includes Manolo Gabbiadini [groin] and Sofiane Boufal. Oriol Romeu has been ruled out of the next two games after collecting his tenth yellow card of the campaign.
Source: Daily Echo
Apr 6 - 10:03 AM

Southampton moved seven points clear of the relegation zone and ended Crystal Palace's four game winning run with a 3-1 win at St. Mary's.

In the early stages, both sides had chances to score with Luka Milivojevic hitting the post and Hennessey dived to tip away a Redmond header. However, the visitors took the lead through Benteke's 11th of the PL season after great interplay by his teammates Townsend and Zaha. However, the Saints drew level before the interval. They had two potential penalty appeals waved away before Redmond placed his shot beyond Palace's number one. Shane long was particularly wasteful in the second half, however the Saints weren't made rue their missed chances as the unlikely hero Maya Yoshida scored a tap in and seconds later Ward-Prowse put the result beyond doubt. Palace haven't escaped the relegation battle just yet.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 5 - 4:47 PM

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is struggling to be fit for Wednesday's clash with Crystal Palace.

Gabbiadini has made an instant impact in a team who were struggling for goals before he arrived, scoring 6 of his team's 11 goals in his first 4 appearances. When manager Claude Puel was asked about Gabbiadini's recovery, he didn't sound too hopeful about the Italian's chances of playing Crystal Palace in GW31: "Manolo for the next game, it’s still difficult." Puel is more hopeful off his chances of playing 4 days later on Saturday against West Brom.
Apr 2 - 8:14 PM

Dusan Tadic and his manager Claude Puel have discussed his allegation that the manager has not shown him "enough respect" this season.

The Serbian playmaker was speaking after the 2-1 loss to Spurs when he was subbed for the fifth game in a row: "It’s unbelievable that I was subbed again and we also lost." He added: "You can see statistically that we concede or lose when I’ve been taken off. I don’t think this shows enough respect for me." His manager said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that the duo spoke when Tadic returned from international duty, and that the matter has been dealt with internally. He elaborated that Tadic understands he shouldn't have made the comment, and should instead try to do his talking on the pitch.
Mar 30 - 3:30 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel has revealed centre-back Virgil Van Dijk may not play again this season.

Van Dijk, 25, suffered an ankle injury in a clash with Jamie Vardy in January which has sidelined him up until now and into the future. Puel explained in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that he may not make an appearance again before the season concludes: "It’s a long injury. We will see if he comes back before the end of the season". However, he was quick to impress upon journalists the importance of the Dutchman to his team: ""The injury does not change anything... He is an important player for us, our captain, and it is important he takes this role with good quality, good attitude and good spirit." Puel added that he hopes the captaincy role will help the player mature into the future.
Mar 30 - 3:14 PM

Southampton striker Charlie Austin is nearing a return to action after missing the last three and a half months after shoulder surgery.

The former QPR player was forced off during the last game of the Saints' unsuccessful Europa League campaign back in December, but his manager Claude Puel is optimistic that he may be available before the season draws to a close. Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Puel said: "Charlie has made progress". "He needs to see his doctor from the surgery, but all the process is good for him. He added that: "At the moment he trains alone, but he is doing good work and I hope he can come back in three weeks, I think."
Mar 30 - 3:06 PM


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