‘I think it could be worse’: Ralph Hasenhuttl optimistic Nathan Redmond will make swift return for Southampton after sustaining ankle injury in Carabao Cup win at Fulham
- Nathan Redmond is set to miss up to three weeks after suffering injury to ankle
- Winger was substituted during Southampton’s Carabao Cup win at Fulham
- Southampton will also miss Moussa Djenepo for visit of Manchester United
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl expects Nathan Redmond to be sidelined for two to three weeks with an ankle injury sustained in the Carabao Cup win at Fulham.
Saints winger Redmond went down unchallenged on Tuesday evening at Craven Cottage and was seen leaving the ground on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
Austrian Hasenhuttl also revealed summer signing Moussa Djenepo will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United due to a muscle problem suffered in the 1-0 cup success.
Southampton striker Nthan Redmond left the field injured in Carabao Cup victory at Fulham
‘In the moment it looks that he seems to be out for two, three weeks, I think,’ Hasenhuttl said of Redmond.
‘It can be longer but with good rehab – the next 10 days he has to wear a shoe that he doesn’t move his ankle – and then it can be quicker.
‘I think it could be worse, even though we are not happy about having injuries after the last game because besides Nathan, also Moussa is injured, he has a problem with his muscle and he is also out for the weekend.’
Saints were on Wednesday night draw away to bitter rivals Portsmouth in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The clubs have not met for more than seven years and Hasenhuttl expects an interesting encounter at Fratton Park
“I know the history and I know that it’s for our fans the only really south-coast derby. I think this game doesn’t happen for a long time,” he said.
“A good game for celebrating football in this special way. For us, a good chance to come in the next round.
“There’s still a few days to go to this game so maybe we should focus first on the other challenges we have. I know that it will be interesting.”