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Southampton suffer Minamino injury blow

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s injury woes at Southampton have taken another turn for the worse as it has been confirmed that on-loan winger Takumi Minamino will miss the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Monday night.

The Japanese international picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 defeat against Leeds United last time out, with Hasenhuttl citing the ‘slippery’ Elland Road pitch as the reason for the issue.

The 26-year-old has impressed since joining on loan from Liverpool in the January transfer window, having scored twice in his opening four appearances for the South Coast club.

Therefore, it comes as a big blow for Hasenhuttl that he won’t be available for the trip to Merseyside, especially with Moussa Djenepo, Che Adams and Nathan Redmond having all struggled to find the back of the net this season.

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The former RB Salzburg man had taken some of the pressure off Danny Ings with his goals since joining but it now seems as if the Saints will be completely reliant on the former Liverpool man against Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Monday, especially with Adams so low on confidence in front of goal at the moment.

During his time with the Reds, with whom he earns £75k per week, Jurgen Klopp described Minamino as a “machine” after his performance against Ajax in the Champions League and the South Coast club will undoubtedly miss his attacking and defensive work rate against the Toffees.

With Stuart Armstrong also perhaps likely to move into central-midfield against Everton in the absence of Ibrahima Diallo and Oriol Romeu, it could potentially leave the Saints will very little attacking threat out wide, meaning Minamino will potentially be missed even more.

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Fortunately, it seems as if the Japanese forward will make his return next week, with Hasenhuttl describing his injury as “not a big one” but he will undoubtedly be missed on Monday night.

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