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Saints marching in with two men down

Filed: Thursday, 2nd May 2019
By: Staff Writer

Southampton are set to be without key defensive duo Maya Yoshida and Jannik Vestergaard when they visit Stratford this weekend.

The Saints' Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who ensured Premier League safety at St Mary's last weekend, confirmed in a press conference on Thursday that he would be without the two key players when they face West Ham on Saturday.

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"Maya is not able to play,” confirmed Hasenhüttl, before adding: "Jannik Vestergaard’s season is over, he has a small issue.

"We will change the team a little like we did in the last game; we have a few players who have shown that they want to play and start from the beginning.

"It’s not necessary to rotate five or six players just because we are safe but for one or two, they will look at this match and the final game as a chance to get in the starting eleven.

"The rest [of the squad] are okay, we have no other injured players. Lemina is an option for the weekend and Armstrong too, who didn’t play from the beginning against Bournemouth. It’s not an easy decision for me."

Yoshida, who has played 24 times for the Saints this season has picked up a knee injury whilst Vestergaard has featured on 27 occasions, but not since April 13 having picked up the niggle.

Southampton go into the match five places below West Ham in the Premier League table, with 38 points from their 36 games - eight fewer than Manuel Pellegrini's Hammers, who have accrued 46 points ahead of the club's final two games of the campaign.

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