Injury News: Obafemi back on the pitch during Southampton’s Tenerife training camp

Having been on the sidelines because of a hamstring injury since before Christmas, Southampton striker Michael Obafemi has made the trip to Tenerife for the club’s training break and has been pictured [below] on the pitch with his teammates, as per an image gallery on southamptonfc.com.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 18-year-old looked as though he was going to be a key player for Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl after coming off of the substitutes’ bench and scoring in the 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town on December 22, but he has been missing because of a hamstring problem ever since.

Hasenhuttl is known to like his strikers to press from the front and given the pace and power in his locker, the Republic of Ireland international is ideally suited to the role, while he showed his finishing ability with a calm finish against the Terriers to help his team pick up a vital three points.

How big a boost is his return?

It is huge.

Aside from perhaps Shane Long and Nathan Redmond, the south coast outfit don’t really have that speed in the final third that can help them on the counter-attack for example, and someone like Obafemi is much more suited to the Austrian manager’s pressing style then say Charlie Austin or Sam Gallagher.

In the absence of the injured Danny Ings Southampton were once again toothless during the disastrous 2-1 home defeat by fellow Premier League relegation contenders Cardiff City at St Mary’s on Saturday, with Long not looking like a goal threat and generally struggling with his all-round game, too.

Obafemi will bring a sense of unpredictability to the Saints side – whether it be from the start or from the bench – and that could help them pick up unexpected points away against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United  in the near future.

Watch the video below to see the most insane overhead kick you will see this week…

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