Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhüttl is singing lamentation songs following injury picked up by Nigeria born striker Michael Obafemi ahead of their match against visiting Manchester City on Sunday.
The former Ireland Republic under 19 star, picked up a knock in training, and missed the midweek defeat to West Ham, while midfielder Mario Lemina, who has also been sidelined lately, returned to play 85 minutes, but wasn’t at full fitness.
Hasenhüttl confessed that the Obafemi will be seriously missed describing his speed as a majore asset that can be put into good use.
“Michael Obafemi’s injury was picked up in training and is a real pity, because I need him. His speed can always make a difference,” the manager confirmed.
The Austrian will however be hoping that the return of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who rejoins the fold after serving his one-match suspension, can make an impact.
“Pierre is a very intelligent player, and he is very important for me. He reads the game very well and we need that.”
Obafemi whose brother Afolabi is also a footballer has about six appearances for The Saints scoring a goal in the bargain.
The goal, his first professional goal was recorded in the 3-1 victory at Huddersfield on 22 December 2018 at 18 years and 169 days old, he became Southampton’s youngest scorer in the Premier League. Manchester City will be going into Sunday’s match fresh from two premier league defeats by Leicester City and Crystal Palace respectively.
Southampton on the other hand are heading into the match with a win and loss in their last two matches.