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Ryan Bertrand a notable absentee from Southampton’s Tenerife training camp

Southampton have jetted off to Tenerife for a mini training camp before their next Premier League match against Arsenal on February 24, but in the first gallery and video posted on southamptonfc.com, Ryan Bertrand has been a notable absentee.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the likes of Danny Ings and Mario Lemina didn’t make the trip to the Canary Island because of injury issues, but the man who captained Saints under Mark Hughes would have been expected to make the trip following his first appearance since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge on Saturday.

Despite being out of action since November with a back issue, the 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 devastating 2-1 defeat against the Bluebirds, which left the south coast outfit in the relegation zone with 12 top flight games remaining this term.

It remains unclear whether the England international has made the trip or not, although his potential absence could be explained by the fact that his partner was reportedly mugged outside their family home in the early hours of Sunday morning, as per The Sun.

How important is Bertrand?

While it wasn’t the result or performance Southampton would have wanted against Neil Warnock’s side, the former Chelsea man certainly showed glimpses of why he should be in the starting XI either at left-back or left wing-back ahead of Matt Targett.

The 29-year-old is quick which allows him to get up and down the pitch and take on his man, and there was certainly a couple of examples against Cardiff where he got to the by-line to cross – something Targett struggles with as he isn’t the quickest.

Match fitness is now what it is all about for Bertrand, who can play a key role in keeping Saints in the Premier League for the second successive season.

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

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