Saints give Shaw, Lovren + Lallana update

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that both Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren would be able to return to full training today [Monday].

Lovren missed out on Southampton’s game at the Emirates on Saturday after he was withdrawn from the squad because of illness while Luke Shaw was substituted after he picked up an injury tackling Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

Shaw, who seemed to suffer a problem with his left thigh after the challenge, was able to carry on after treatment but was unable to complete the match.

Speaking afterwards, Pochetinno said

“Dejan Lovren had a really bad night. Hopefully he’s going to be back and fit 100 per cent for Monday.

“Also, we will need to analyse how Luke Shaw is doing, because in the first half he received a very strong knock on his leg.

“Hopefully the two of them will be back and ready for Monday.”

The Southampton manager also revealed that captain Adam Lallana, who was substituted early in the second half, was suffering due to a knock he had picked up on international duty with England.

Pochettino added

“Adam played two games with the national side and, after that, he was struggling a little bit physically.

“There was a certain moment in the (first) game against Chile where he opened up his legs and I think that caused him some pain, and he was feeling that pain.

“There’s many games coming up, so we have to be careful with how we use our players – not just him, but a few of our other players we need to be careful how we manage the amount of games that we have ahead.”

Pochettino was quick to dismiss any possibility of blaming the FA for the problem, however, saying

“No, I don’t want any type of controversy with anyone,” he said.

“I’m very happy that he was part of the English national side, I’m very happy for him.

“We just thought in the second half he was struggling physically, and that’s why we made the decision to change him.”

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Lee Hurley

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