Southampton manager Mark Hughes has provided a positive injury update on midfielder Stuart Armstrong after he worryingly limped off during the goalless draw against Burnley at St Mary’s on Sunday.
The summer signing from Celtic was handed his Premier League bow against the Clarets following an impressive pre-season at his new club, playing alongside Nathan Redmond and Charlie Austin in attack.
However, the 26-year-old suffered a knock 10 minutes after half-time that saw him replaced by fellow new boy Danny Ings, and there would have been initial concerns that he could be a doubt for the trip to Everton this weekend.
However, Hughes has suggested that he should be ready according to the Daily Echo, saying: “I was pleased with his performance and I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine. He just got a bang so I imagine he’ll be ok but we will check him tomorrow.”
The Welshman will certainly be hoping that the lively Scotland international is ready to face the Toffees given his speed and energy, as Saints look to pick up their first win and score their first goal of their 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
The player himself will also be desperate to be involved, especially considering there is plenty of competition for places in attacking areas right now with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ings both impressing off of the substitutes’ bench against Sean Dyche’s men.