Southampton’s Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens share a joke on Instagram

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The international break is over and domestic clubs are getting their squads back together for training.

This means that teammates are reuniting after not seeing each other for a couple of weeks, and there are things for old friends to catch up on.

However, it seems as if Maya Yoshida didn’t get the warmest of welcomes from one of his buddies after returning from playing for Japan.

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Thank you for warm welcome home @jackstephens27 ??

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Putting your mate into headlock that would make Khabib Nurmagomedov proud is an interesting way to greet them home, but that’s exactly what Jack Stephens did to Yoshida.

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Of course, the Southampton men were just being playful as Stephens made it clear in the comments that he’s missed his teammate during the international break.

Luckily Stephens’ headlock didn’t cause any injuries for Yoshida, and he’ll be fit to play this weekend. It’s also great to see such camaraderie in the Saints squad between two centre-backs, perhaps the position where chemistry is most crucial as a component for success.

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