Saints boss bemoans injury problems

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the club’s injury problems have played a big part in their failure to find any real consistency over the past month. With a Europa League place seemingly now beyond Southampton’s reach this season, Pochettino has called on his squad to finish this campaign well and secure a top-half finish in the Premier League table, which is still a tempting bet with Betfair.

Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne and Steven Davis all picked up injuries in the 3-2 loss at the hands of Tottenham, while Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama were both absent from the squad that travelled to White Hart Lane due to their own injury problems. Kelvin Davies, Maya Yoshida and Guly do Prado’s presence in the treatment room has also added to the Argentine’s headaches heading into the final stages of the football season.

With a Europa League place still a realistic target for the club at the end of February, a run of three defeats and two victories in their past five Premier League fixtures has seen a number of teams leapfrog Southampton in the table.

While admitting injuries had hit his squad hard this season, Pochettino also praised his squad for still being in the mix despite everything that has happened this year.

“In the last month we have had many injuries, and of course that is going to affect the team. We’ve had many problems with injuries throughout the season,” said Pochettino.

“So I think that, with everything that has happened at and around the Club, not just injuries but all of the mid-season upheaval, these players deserve a lot more credit than they have experienced. For them to keep competing as they have is quite good.”

In a season that has seen a number of off-field issues take the focus away from the team’s on-field performances, Poccettino has done well to keep his side in and around the top-10 for the majority of the year, and the club will be now hoping to overcome their injury problems and finish this season well.

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