Team News: Southampton
Quique Sánchez Flores said he wants to focus on the players he does have available for Saturday’s trip to Southampton, insisting he will not risk the health of those who are injured.
The Head Coach will be without Craig Dawson (head), Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Daryl Janmaat (knee) this weekend. They join Tom Cleverley (heel), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Sebastian Prödl (knee) on the injury list. Daniel Bachmann (hamstring) and Domingos Quina (groin) have trained during the week.
“[Dawson] will not be available, he received a couple of cuts in the head and has had stitches,” said Sánchez Flores. “It would be a risk to play the player and we are not going to risk any player. We are not this desperate to risk a player, not now and not in the future. We need to respect the players.”
Captain Troy Deeney has continued to regain fitness during the week, while Roberto Pereyra’s inclusion in first-team training was a positive for the Hornets – although this weekend may come too soon for the Argentine according to Sánchez Flores.
“I’m not sure if he [Pereyra] is in a position to play in the first XI,” he said. “It’s been two weeks now [since his injury] and we need to feel like the players are at 100 per cent to play. So, if I don’t feel like he is 100 per cent to play in the first XI then he will not play in the first XI.”
Sánchez Flores will have to utilise the depth of his squad for a big fixture against the Saints, and he insisted the players waiting in the wings are ready for their opportunity.
“We need to think about the players we have,” said the Head Coach. “They are ready to play, they are ready to go on the pitch, they are wishing to go in the first XI. So, the players we can use are the players we need to think about.
“The players who are not able to train and who are recovering, the only thing we can do is try to support them, try to give them the best medicines, treatment and recovery, and think about how they can help the team in the future.”