Mazzarri | Southampton Injury News
Walter Mazzarri will check on the fitness of Daryl Janmaat and Costel Pantilimon before naming his squad for Southampton’s visit to Vicarage Road this weekend (Saturday May 4, 3pm KO), but four players have definitely been ruled out.
Janmaat (groin) hobbled off during the 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend, while goalkeeper Pantilimon (ankle) has been absent for the past month, and Mazzarri says the pair will be assessed on Friday ahead of possible returns this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Nordin Amrabat (ankle), Christian Kabasele (hip), Ben Watson (groin) and Mauro Zárate (knee) are all unavailable for the Hornets.
Argentine playmaker Zárate is out for the rest of this season thanks to the serious injury he sustained against the Hammers, and Mazzarri says losing the 29-year-old is a disappointing blow.
“I have spoken with him almost daily, and of course we are all very disappointed and very sorry,” said the Hornets’ Head Coach at his pre-Southampton press conference today.
“It’s his first big injury in his whole career, and he was playing very well. He is a very important player and he was playing his best moment in that game.
“He is a player that we will miss, but of course we will wait for him and we are sure that he will come back stronger than before.”