As the season reaches its most crucial stage, one thing that a struggling Southampton side did not need is a long-term injury to one of their defenders.
Unfortunately, the worst has happened. In his press conference on Thursday evening, Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino stated that Maya Yoshida could be out of action for up to five weeks with injury.
Yoshida, who is valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt, has been on of the key men in the Saints back line this season.
With very little investment into defensive options last summer and the sale of Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool in January, Yoshida has been a key figure at the heart of the Southampton team.
And the Saints could live to regret their lack of defensive investment over the next few weeks, as they are left with just two first term central defenders, with Yoshida now sidelined.
Upon hearing the news of Yoshida’s injuury, Southampton fans took to Twitter and were concerned and disappointed in equal measure…
Just read Maya out for up to 5 weeks. One injury to hoedt or Stephens away from a very tricky situation, to be polite.
— Lee V (@SaintLee_) February 22, 2018
Yoshida out for the season defining 5 weeks. Good job we replaced Virgil in January then else we'd be one injury or suspension from having Stephens and Bednarek as our centre backs. #SaintsFC
— Glen de la Cour (@L1minus10) February 22, 2018
So with Yoshida injured we are left with just Hoedt, Stephens and Bednarek… how have we been left with just Bednarek as cover if we get an injury to Jack or Wesley… how hard was it to bring in another defender! #saintsfc https://t.co/Jr2EmlxOk8
— ▪Ash▪ (@THE_SA1NTS) February 22, 2018
This for me just shows the incompetency at #saintsfc at the moment, we should have 2 players for every position & as there's 2 position at centre back we should have 4? Why do the board keep making blatent errors?
— Ryan Morriss (@ryanmorriss040) February 22, 2018
Lucky we brought in an extra centre back in January then lads 🙂🙏
— Greg (@g8egd) February 22, 2018
Glad we're down to our last two senior CBs. 😳
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) February 22, 2018
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