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Pochettino's Premier League plans left up in the air
A much criticised round of international games are being held next Wednesday, just a few days before the top flight kicks off on Saturday.
Saints travel to West Brom on the opening day but could be denied the services of key players due to the set of games.
Though Pochettino, pictured below, will join many managers in worrying about injuries to players away on international duty, the length of trips that some of them face could rule them out of the game at The Hawthorns.
Uruguay have now confirmed that Gaston Ramirez will travel with them to Japan for a international friendly being played on Wednesday.
He is expected to come up against club colleague Maya Yoshida who has been named in Japan’s squad.
The pair face a round trip of about 24 hours of flying as well as potentially playing in the game.
They will leave Saints following the friendly with Real Sociedad at St Mary’s on Saturday and jet off. They are unlikely to join up again until Saints travel up to West Brom on the Friday.
That’s not where the worries end for Pochettino.
Given his importance to the side it is likely that Davis will play the full 90 minutes which means the game at West Brom will be a tough test physically at this stage.
Emmanuel Mayuka has been called up to play for Zambia but at least only has to travel as far as Paris to take on Senegal in a friendly.
Artur Boruc is heading off to Poland after being confirmed in their squad for a friendly with Denmark.
There is a good chance that Luke Shaw will be named in the England under-21 squad today to face Scotland at Bramall Lane next Tuesday.
Shaw has had a horrible run of niggling injuries when he has threatened to play for the under-21s before and so will be hoping that ends.
With Nathaniel Clyne out injured at the moment it is expected he will not be called up while Pochettino can at least take a minor crumb of comfort that £12m summer signing Victor Wanyama will not be heading off as Kenya don’t have a game.
Another summer arrival, Dejan Lovren, has also been included in the Croatia squad to face Liechtenstein in a friendly game.
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