A positive update has emerged on Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong ahead of this weekend’s clash with Chelsea…
Scotland manager Steve Clarke has said that he is hoping Stuart Armstrong will be able to play for Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.
Clarke has named the Saints midfielder in his Scotland squad for the upcoming international break and has revealed that he is hoping Armstrong features against Chelsea on Saturday.
“Hopefully, between now and us meeting up, they will get game time with their clubs. That’s what I’m hoping for. We just have to wait and see how it develops.
“I will just let the medical staff deal with it. There might come a time when I need to speak to them directly to find out what the lie of the land is.
“But, like I said, I’m hopeful both will get minutes on the pitch before we meet up and then I don’t need to have that conversation.”
Southampton fans will be left feeling excited after reading these comments from Clarke. Armstrong is yet to make an appearance for the Saints this season, but these quotes indicate that the Scotland manager believes there is a chance he will play this weekend.
The Saints travel away to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Clarke has seemingly been given an indication that Armstrong could get some minutes. With zero minutes under his belt this term, it seems unlikely that the midfielder would be called up unless they believed there was a serious chance that he could be fit to feature in their games.
Therefore, Saints fans could be excited by the prospect of Armstrong making his return. The ex-Celtic man has proven himself to be a key player for the club in recent seasons and one Ralph Hasenhuttl has relied upon in midfield.
Hasenhuttl once praised the midfield dynamo for the role he plays in making the 4-2-2-2 formation work in the wide number ten position.
The Austrian said: “In a 4-2-2-2 with two No10 positions, that chance was a bigger one. When we changed the shape, he was there at the right moment and showed up.
“From that moment on, he showed me he can be a No10 that is disciplined and is hard-working against the ball which is what I expect from him.
“It’s a very demanding position and you must be smart and disciplined for this position.”
Armstrong started 32 Premier League games last season and produced five goals and four assists. This shows that he was a consistent presence in the team and was able to chip in with goal contributions, which is why Saints fans will be delighted to see him back in the side if he returns this weekend.