Victor Wanyama is Southampton's main doubt for Manchester City, as some of the club's injured players prepare to return

Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama

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Saints have just one injury worry ahead of Saturday’s game against title chasing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

After a spate of knocks and injury problems over the last couple of weeks, of the short term absentees only Victor Wanyama remains a doubt with his leg injury.

“Out of all the players that could come back the only one who we still need to assess his fitness ahead of the game is Victor Wanyama,” reported Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Almost certain to start are the English attacking trio of Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert, who Pochettino praised once again, with the former compared to Spanish great Andres Iniesta.

“I think the comparison is fair enough,” said Pochettino of Lallana.

“He is the type of player that has the quality of an Iniesta, a Xavi, a Silva, the type of special talent that people enjoy.

“We hope he can keep having amazing performances with our team and it leads him to getting into the English national side.”

He added: “Jay Rodriguez is like any striker, and like Rickie Lambert, that feed off of scoring.

“They need to be scoring and it’s their bread and butter.

“They have both been doing that and we hope they can continue on their very good run.”

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4:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

We are spoilt for choice then. It's a tough shout who to leave out after last weekend. All the midfielders were superb and put in a shift. But if Morgs is fit he has to start as he is the biggest and strongest and the most likely to shut out Toure. (No problem at all). I know there are some doom mongers on the other thread but we have every chance of getting something out of this game. COYS.
We are spoilt for choice then. It's a tough shout who to leave out after last weekend. All the midfielders were superb and put in a shift. But if Morgs is fit he has to start as he is the biggest and strongest and the most likely to shut out Toure. (No problem at all). I know there are some doom mongers on the other thread but we have every chance of getting something out of this game. COYS. Clever Dick
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

saintbobby says...

Our lot will do well and will try. It does not alter the fact that this City side really do know where the net is and seeing them on TV it would be churlish not to admit that they have played some exciting football this season - just like the Saints!

So I am hoping for a really interesting game, because if we play as we did against Newcastle, then City will know there is a game on - and we can watch it on TV.

Come On Ypu Saints!
Our lot will do well and will try. It does not alter the fact that this City side really do know where the net is and seeing them on TV it would be churlish not to admit that they have played some exciting football this season - just like the Saints! So I am hoping for a really interesting game, because if we play as we did against Newcastle, then City will know there is a game on - and we can watch it on TV. Come On Ypu Saints! saintbobby
  • Score: 5

8:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.
Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -5

12:17am Fri 4 Apr 14

only1chopper says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.
After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.[/p][/quote]After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing! only1chopper
  • Score: 0

1:23am Fri 4 Apr 14

hedge end bob says...

only1chopper wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote: Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.
After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing!
Sorry cant agree, we are blest at our club with two very good right backs. That is the luxury Poochy has , whoever is playing and having a rare bad game Poochy can bring on the other one to correct it.
Not long ago some were saying Clyne for ENGLAND. I'm not worried who we play at right back on Saturday, whoever will be giving 100% effort.
STID. and loving it so hold off GOD.
[quote][p][bold]only1chopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.[/p][/quote]After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing![/p][/quote]Sorry cant agree, we are blest at our club with two very good right backs. That is the luxury Poochy has , whoever is playing and having a rare bad game Poochy can bring on the other one to correct it. Not long ago some were saying Clyne for ENGLAND. I'm not worried who we play at right back on Saturday, whoever will be giving 100% effort. STID. and loving it so hold off GOD. hedge end bob
  • Score: 8

6:18am Fri 4 Apr 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

hedge end bob wrote:
only1chopper wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote: Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.
After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing!
Sorry cant agree, we are blest at our club with two very good right backs. That is the luxury Poochy has , whoever is playing and having a rare bad game Poochy can bring on the other one to correct it.
Not long ago some were saying Clyne for ENGLAND. I'm not worried who we play at right back on Saturday, whoever will be giving 100% effort.
STID. and loving it so hold off GOD.
Couldn't agree more Hedge. Cliney does occasionally drop a clanger but look across that back four and tell me who hasn't at one time or other. I like both Chambers and Cline and for me its a toss up who would get to start. Cline is superb going forward at times, Chambers isn't bad either.
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only1chopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Clyne is a definite no-no. Victor may yet make it.[/p][/quote]After his first half performance at spurs, that's probably a good thing![/p][/quote]Sorry cant agree, we are blest at our club with two very good right backs. That is the luxury Poochy has , whoever is playing and having a rare bad game Poochy can bring on the other one to correct it. Not long ago some were saying Clyne for ENGLAND. I'm not worried who we play at right back on Saturday, whoever will be giving 100% effort. STID. and loving it so hold off GOD.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more Hedge. Cliney does occasionally drop a clanger but look across that back four and tell me who hasn't at one time or other. I like both Chambers and Cline and for me its a toss up who would get to start. Cline is superb going forward at times, Chambers isn't bad either. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 4

8:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

AndyAndrews says...

Better off without Wanyama: sell him asap!
Better off without Wanyama: sell him asap! AndyAndrews
  • Score: -6

9:52am Fri 4 Apr 14

only1chopper says...

I was referring to one match, that is all. I know he is a great right back, but now that we have 2 great right backs, it can lead to competition, but also to think if I drop a clanged I might be dropped. So the pressure can get to you, is up to the management to turn that pressure around. That is just my view, but last season, when clyne had no other competition, he was awesome.
I was referring to one match, that is all. I know he is a great right back, but now that we have 2 great right backs, it can lead to competition, but also to think if I drop a clanged I might be dropped. So the pressure can get to you, is up to the management to turn that pressure around. That is just my view, but last season, when clyne had no other competition, he was awesome. only1chopper
  • Score: 0

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