Ryan Bertrand close to return, says Hasenhüttl

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Ryan Bertrand of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Watford FC at St Mary's Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl has given an update on the condition of several key players ahead of their midweek FA Cup replay against Derby County.

Hasenhüttl confirmed that Bertrand will miss their FA Cup replay against Derby on Wednesday, but revealed that the 29-year-old has started training with the team.

Michael Obafemi is still sidelined, but Hasenhüttl will have the possibility of playing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Danny Ings and Lemina.

“We have to find the right mixture. We will continue to try and give the young guys chances in the future,” the Saints boss told the club’s website.

“Callum Slattery is an option, absolutely. We have to look at what shape we’re playing.

DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: David Nugent of Derby challenges Trevoh Chalobah of Ipswich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County v Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Nugent is proud of Derby County’s determination

The team will play against Aston Villa in the English Championship Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium for a chance to participate in the Premier League.

“We have three suspended players, who will miss Wednesday but will be available for the weekend.

“Injured players are coming back piece by piece. Bertrand is training with the team, Ings will hopefully return to training tomorrow and Lemina was in the group today.

“Obafemi will take a few weeks more to recover. His injury is more difficult.”



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