Southampton’s Triple Trouble
Three Southampton players are expected to miss upcoming matches as the club’s troublesome transition period continues.
January 23rd, 2014
Saints striker Dani Osvaldo has been suspended by the club for two weeks following “a breach of the conduct expected of its players” at the training ground today. No further details have been released, although with the Italian’s three-game ban for his part in a “touchline fracas” (trademark: all journalists ever) against Newcastle United last month only just over, we’re sure it’s something pretty big.
Meanwhile, the worst fears of Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren have been realised. Both left the pitch on stretchers at the Stadium of Light during Saturday’s draw at Sunderland – the latter having scored a volley which put them 2-0 up on the half-hour mark, while Ramirez was himself a substitute who came on with fifteen minutes remaining.
It’s now been confirmed by Saints staff that the pair are expected to be out for six to eight weeks with both ankles between them suffering ligament damage. This means that they’ll miss the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Yeovil, as well as the visit of Arsenal in the Premier League in six days’ time.
With the club still reeling from the shock resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese and the recent downturn in Saints’ form, the fact that three of their players will not be available for selection in the near future – particularly their record signing who, to be fair, isn’t in the side’s top three scorers this season having only scored three goals in 13 league appearances – will have fans feeling the January blues.
The appointment of a new chief executive Gareth Rogers should help to steady the boat somewhat, as a Southampton side once third in the Premier League now seek to revitalise its fortunes.