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Davis: Players must embrace team spirit
Saints club captain Kelvin Davis has said that only players who are prepared to buy into the squad’s team ethic and spirit are welcome at St Mary’s.
In light of Dani Osvaldo’s suspension this week, Davis was asked whether the players could welcome back a teammate after a breakdown in relations.
Osvaldo was handed a two-week suspension by Saints, after allegedly headbutting his teammate, Jose Fonte, in training.
It is understood the players were deeply unhappy at the Italian international’s actions, and there are certainly questions over whether he can ever successfully reintegrate himself with the squad.
Davis said: “We’re a friendly bunch. We’ve said for a long time we’ve always had a good team spirit and a good changing room, and that can’t change.
“If anyone doesn’t want to be involved in that then they’re not welcome.”
Speaking after the 2-0 win over Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round today, Davis also said: “Obviously, what’s happened has happened.
“As a team, as a squad, as a club, we’re looking forward, and we’re very much together.
“We showed it again today, and it’s something we just want to move on (from), get behind us and concentrate on what happens out there (on the pitch).
“Our dressing room is as solid as it has ever been, and it will continue to be so.”
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