With Southampton enjoying a good run of form prior to the current international break having won three out of their four previous league games, the Saints will be looking to see if they can continue their winning form in their next match against league strugglers Norwich City.
However, it seems as though the Saints could be without one of their players that has played a significant part in their recent run of form.
It has recently been reported that on-loan Saints striker Armando Broja has returned to Southampton after being away with Albania on international duty to have treatment on an ankle injury he originally picked up back during the club’s 2-2 draw against Burnley, leaving the chances of him being available to play against Norwich unclear for the time being.
Despite managing to play nine minutes in Southampton’s previous league match against Aston Villa, it seems as though the striker has not fully recovered from his ankle issue, which will be very disappointing for the Saints fans, especially if he can’t play against Norwich.
Southampton signed Broja on a season-long loan deal from fellow Premier League side Chelsea back in August.
After scoring his first league goal of the season for the Saints in their 1-0 win over Leeds United, which led to pundit Micah Richards calling his performance “excellent” the 20-year-old, who is currently valued at £2.7m according to Transfermarkt, managed to follow that up with another goal in the draw against Burnley where he picked up his injury, just as he was getting into some scoring form for Hasenhuttl’s side.
With this in mind, Hasenhuttl and everyone else at the club will undoubtedly be hoping that Broja can finally fully recover from his ankle injury in time for the match against Norwich. Should he play, then judging by his form, he could help Southampton deliver newly appointed Canaries manager Dean Smith his second consecutive Premier League defeat in a row after beating Villa 1-0 at St. Mary’s earlier this month in what ended up being his last game in charge of the Midlands club.
However, with Adam Armstrong scoring the winning goal against Villa and Che Adams scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Watford last month, it seems that Hasenhuttl could have a big decision to make over who he starts up front against Norwich if Broja is fit enough to play.
Either way, the fact he could be out with injury will undoubtedly leave supporters gutted. He is an important and vibrant young player, after all.