Injury News: Adam Blackmore provides update on Michael Obafemi progress

BBC journalist Adam Blackmore has revealed via his official Twitter account that Southampton striker Michael Obafemi is back in training following a hamstring injury, but he won’t be available for the crucial Premier League clash against Cardiff City at St Mary’s this weekend.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 18-year-old looked as though he could be a key player under Ralph Hasenhuttl having featured against Manchester United and Huddersfield Town – scoring in the latter – but he then suffered a hamstring injury that has seen him miss their previous nine fixtures in all competitions.

Following an injury to Danny Ings that will keep the 26-year-old out for 2-3 weeks, as per southamptonfc.com, the Austrian manager really could do with having the Republic of Ireland international back available, but he will have to made do with Charlie Austin, Shane Long and Sam Gallagher against the Bluebirds.

When asked by a Saints fan if there was an update on the teenager, Blackmore replied: “Back in training but Saturday too soon”.

Have Southampton missed him?

They probably have, yes.

Obafemi showed the impact he can make in the win against Huddersfield with his pace and his finishing ability, and both traits are something that the south coast outfit have struggled with in recent weeks with the likes of Long and Austin not making the required contributions.

While Nathan Redmond has stepped up, Southampton and Hasenhuttl could really do with that extra threat in the attacking third for the upcoming Premier League games with Arsenal, Fulham and Manchester United, and Hasenhuttl will hope that he has the 18-year-old available again as soon as  possible.

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