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Ryan Bertrand close to return, says Hasenhüttl

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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.

“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.”