Speaking in his latest press conference (via the Daily Echo) ahead of Saturday’s clash in north London, the Austrian shared the latest about the defender’s current fitness situation.
He said: “Romain has had an injury at the end of last season and missed some parts of the pre-season now. I think nearly half of the time he missed.
“The past two weeks he was training and so now he is coming closer to be an option. That’s a good thing.”
As Hasenhuttl mentioned, the left-back was not involved in either of Southampton’s two final league games of last season against Liverpool and Leicester City due to a foot fracture that he suffered in May.
Prior to the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at St Mary’s, the full-back had featured in Southampton’s five previous league matches.
The Saints signed Perraud from Brest last summer on a four-year deal. Throughout his debut campaign with the south coast club, the 24-year-old made 23 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with one goal and one assist along the way.
In his 20 league appearances, the Frenchman made 30 blocks, 24 interceptions and 46 clearances, with only four Saints players ending the campaign with a higher average for tackles per game than his 1.7.
With Southampton set to kick off their new campaign with a tough test against Tottenham – who have the likes of Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski in their squad, who racked up 45 Premier League goals between them last season – having a capable defensive figure such as Perraud available to play would surely be a big boost for the Saints and their chances of securing a positive result, just as they did in this fixture last time around.
While Hasenhuttl didn’t say whether the Frenchman would be fit enough to feature against Spurs, it’s still a boost to hear that the 24-year-old has been in training and should be making a return soon.
Looking beyond tomorrow’s clash, Southampton have fixtures against Leicester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to play before the end of the month, which further adds to their need to have as many defensive options available to them as possible.