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23/8/2021 | 02:15pm
Ralph Hasenhuttl appears to have been dealt an early-season injury blow at Southampton after it was confirmed that Stuart Armstrong had picked up a calf problem.
The Scotland international was absent for the Saints as they picked up an impressive 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, whilst he was also left on the bench in the opening day defeat against Everton.
BBC journalist Adam Blackmore provided an update on Armstrong’s whereabouts on Twitter ahead of the game at St Mary’s yesterday, confirming that the 29-year-old has picked up a minor calf injury.
Hopefully the winger won’t be sidelined for too long, as he was one of the most consistent performers in Hasenhuttl’s side last season.
The former Celtic ace made 32 appearances in the 2020/21 Premier League, in which he contributed four goals and five assists, averaging a solid 6.82 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This was enough to rank him as the top-scoring winger at Southampton, whilst he was also rated as the sixth-best overall performer for the south coast outfit, which emphasises just how important he is to the Saints.
Hasenhuttl is a huge fan of the 28-year-old, whose praises he sang in 2020, saying: “That is one of the reasons why we have been better because he is very hard-working and is now scoring by coming more often in the position to score.
“This was a fantastic turnaround and he’s also something of a role model for our transformation.”
Therefore, Hasenhuttl and Saints fans alike will be gutted to hear that the versatile midfielder has picked up an injury and will be hoping that the 29-year-old is fit to make his return either against Newport County in the Carabao Cup in midweek or Newcastle United in the Premier League next weekend.
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