Ralph Hasenhuttl reveals Tino Livramento could avoid surgery on his knee in a potential injury boost for Southampton… with the youngster’s successful return to training giving them a ‘little bit of hope’
- Southampton’s Tino Livramento has returned to training after injuring his knee
- The 19-year-old has missed their last two games due to a meniscus problem
- But Ralph Hasenhuttl is hopeful Livramento will avoid surgery on the injury
- Hasenhuttl says there has been no reaction from the knee early on in training
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says there is a ‘little bit of hope’ that Tino Livramento will avoid surgery on his injured knee.
England Under-21 defender Livramento has been a star performer since his summer arrival from Chelsea but missed Saints’ last two games due to a meniscus problem.
The 19-year-old, whose return date remains unknown, is being assessed on a daily basis and has not suffered any further setbacks ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Brentford.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says Tino Livramento could avoid knee surgery
‘The first steps in training now have shown no reaction from the knee,’ said Hasenhuttl, whose son was sidelined for a year with a meniscus injury.
‘This is good, no new fluid, and that gives us a little bit of hope.
‘But he’s still not in team training, so we will have a look from day to day.’
Hasenhuttl has a major dilemma at right-back ahead of the Bees’ visit to St Mary’s.
Yan Valery has joined Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters on the sidelines following his first-half dismissal in the weekend FA Cup success at Swansea, with captain James Ward-Prowse likely to drop back from midfield to fill in.
Livramento has been a star performer for Saints since his summer arrival from Chelsea
Hasenhuttl is hoping the 19-year-old will be back from injury earlier than anticipated
The 3-2 extra-time win in south Wales was far from ideal preparation for Saints, particularly as Valery left his team a man short after just half an hour.
‘We had a tough cup fight that we didn’t want to have but it is how it is,’ said Hasenhuttl.
‘We cannot deny that it is affecting the preparation for this game. With 120 minutes, and nearly 90 minutes, with one man down, it cost energy, definitely.
‘But we will find a squad that is able to compete. In front of our crowd, we will get the extra energy we need, I think.
‘We are known for our intensive way of playing football and we will not change it for any reason.’
Walker-Peters recently tested positive for Covid-19 and is also banned following the accumulation of five bookings, while Alex McCarthy, Thierry Small, Will Smallbone and Moussa Djenepo remain unavailable.
In more encouraging news, forward Che Adams is in contention to play following a bout of coronavirus and defender Mohammed Salisu can return after a one-match suspension.
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