Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that he might be without as many as 10 players for their Premier League game against Brentford. Southampton reached the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday as his side beat Championship team Swansea 3-2. The victory came at a cost with an additional 30 minutes needed as well as a suspension to Jan Valery.
“We never know. At the moment, it’s all about the lottery,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “You wake up in the morning and go to the training ground. You sit at breakfast and you are waiting for new [coronavirus] cases. The problem is with the fixtures coming up. It doesn’t get any easier. We have had a long game, overtime. It’s super tough and we have to definitely recover well because a strong team is waiting for us.”
“When you are one man down for nearly 90 minutes, it is not the best preparation for our Brentford game,” he added. “So the biggest laughers are Brentford because they know that we have invested a lot. We are in the next round, which is the positive thing, and now we have to recover well. “We must hope that we don’t have more Covid cases because on a few positions we are running out of players.”
Southampton was already without the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo, Tino Livramento, Alex McCarthy, Che Adams, Thierry Small, and Will Smallbone for their FA Cup match.