After being left out of the last match against Norwich City, tonight’s FA Cup tie with West Ham could even see the winger start, with either Mohamed Elyounoussi or Stuart Armstrong potentially dropping to the bench.
“Everybody [who is fit] is in contention and everyone has the chance to play tomorrow,” said Ralph Hasenhuttl. “I have not decided yet 100 per cent what we are doing tomorrow.
“We have another session before where we can try a few things and we will see who gets the chance to play.”
The news that Redmond is back and available will please Southampton fans, particularly after having a positive season so far, providing five assists in the Premier League as well as scoring the opener in the Saints’ 3-2 away victory in the FA Cup Third Round against Swansea.
In his last Premier League outing, he provided the all-important assist for Kyle-Walker Peters‘ 7th-minute opening goal against Manchester City – as his team held on for an impressive 1-1 draw after Aymeric Laporte’s 65th-minute equaliser.
With the team in such impressive form, the former Birmingham youngster, who signed with the Saints back in 2016 from Norwich for around £12m, will be looking to add to his FA Cup tally tonight and gain some momentum and confidence to take into the rest of the season.
If he could do that, then not only will there be another exciting talent re-joining the attack, but he could spur on the Saints into sneaking back into the race for a European spot – if the inconsistent teams around them like Tottenham continue to drop points.
Hasenhuttl also gave another injury update on one of his players in the pre-match press confidence, but this time it was less encouraging, saying: “Nathan Tella is not back yet, he is still out.”
Meanwhile, Brazilian defender Lyanco is still unavailable, alongside keeper Alex McCarthy, with both currently recovering from hamstring injuries.