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Pochettino fear over Saints' international calls

By Adam Leitch

6:30am Tuesday 5th February 2013

Pochettino fear over internationals

Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that his international stars come back in good health ready to take on champions Manchester City.

The new Saints boss admitted a bit of fear that some of his jet setting stars might get injured while representing their countries this week but is hoping for the best.

“It’s a worry for them, a worry for the club and a worry for me but we have to accept the conditions of how it is with the national team,” he said.

“We have to adapt to this situation.”

Saints don’t actually have their full complement of international stars going away this week.

Recognised first teamers who will be away are Artur Boruc, Steven Davis, Vegard Forren and James Ward-Prowse with youngsters Calum Chambers and Lloyd Isgrove also called up.

Gaston Ramirez and Nathaniel Clyne are staying with Saints after pulling out of the Uruguay and England under-21 squads respectively through injury, while Shaw has returned to Saints with a suspected injury.

Boruc, who has established himself as the Saints number one, has earned himself a recall to the Poland squad who face the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night.

Steven Davis is expected to captain Northern Ireland for their trip to Malta, Shaw is away with the England under-21s while new signing Forren, who is still being prepared for a first team debut for Saints, will be back home in Norway as they take on Ukraine.

“A lot of players are going to go off with their international teams but that isn’t going to stop us working,” said Pochettino.

“We will face up to the Manchester City game with the same mentality we always have – to get the three points.”

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Comments(12)

Comments(12)

Saint Jo says...
6:49am Tue 5 Feb 13

So as it stands so far, No Clyne, Fonte, Shaw, Ramirez for Man City, Dont count Guly although he has done better than i thought he would. Lets hope at least a couple pull through for the weekend.

White and red till dead says...
7:20am Tue 5 Feb 13

The one silver lining of Rickie not being called up for England...

Strasbourg Saint says...
7:26am Tue 5 Feb 13

Sub-editor failure alert!

It will probably be changed now, but, DE, after the bit about Ramirez and Clyne, you correctly say that 'Shaw has returned to Saints with a suspected injury'.

However, nearer the end, you say that 'Shaw is away with the England under-21s'.

Of course, this could be right, which would be GREAT news as it would means that, after all, there ARE 2 Luke Shaws.

We could even sell the worst of the 2 to Arsene and keep the better one.

If only we had bought 2 Vag Forrens!

Mush On The Beach says...
7:43am Tue 5 Feb 13

Saint Jo wrote:
So as it stands so far, No Clyne, Fonte, Shaw, Ramirez for Man City, Dont count Guly although he has done better than i thought he would. Lets hope at least a couple pull through for the weekend.
Never underestimate the power of the magic sponge. International week is always full of late withdrawals to injury followed by miraculous recoveries a few days later in time for club games.

tomw1234 says...
9:03am Tue 5 Feb 13

Hopefully a few of those players will be back for Saturday. I'm really pleased that Lallana is back as he was one of our best players before getting injured and can provide that goal or assist when he's playing well.

Dickosfc says...
9:52am Tue 5 Feb 13

Forren going can only be a good thing. The guy needs match fitness and a flight to Norway is only a couple of hours. Win win on that one i'd say

CB FRY LIVES says...
11:33am Tue 5 Feb 13

With luke shaw injured it is a good job for saints that gordon strachan never picked Danny Fox for scotland.
COYR

Southampton boy says...
2:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

So is it that we have no depth in the team!! and we needed to bring in some new players in Jan window!!
We need to get a result on saturday and 3 points to miantain are push to safety would not llike to leave it to the last game of season, I am liking what I am seeing with how the team is playing so keep this up an I am sure we will make it to next season COYR's

Winman says...
2:28pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Dickosfc wrote:
Forren going can only be a good thing. The guy needs match fitness and a flight to Norway is only a couple of hours. Win win on that one i'd say
Disagree,
If he's not fit enought to play for his club, why should he be fit enough to play for his country - gretaer risk of injury?

Dickosfc says...
3:41pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Winman wrote:
Dickosfc wrote: Forren going can only be a good thing. The guy needs match fitness and a flight to Norway is only a couple of hours. Win win on that one i'd say
Disagree, If he's not fit enought to play for his club, why should he be fit enough to play for his country - gretaer risk of injury?
Well you need matches to get match fit. Surely games can't come quick enough for him. A good run out for his country could give the lad that extra bit of sharpness to face the premier League Champions. I see what you’re saying regarding injuries but maybe its a risk worth taking. He's a professional athlete, I'm sure he's not just been sat on his a$$ the last few months playing Xbox.

SFCOLDBOY says...
4:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
With luke shaw injured it is a good job for saints that gordon strachan never picked Danny Fox for scotland.
COYR
That really is a big comfort.

Tirau Dan says...
3:14am Wed 6 Feb 13

Worries: injuries, game of halves, leaky box syndrome, megalomaniacal refs, match fixing, Team bus getting lost, Rickie's Penalty Record, setting the alarm, viewing angle.. voice in tune, Saints Fans causing tinnitus.... Squeaky Bum Syndrome...

Hell-fire folks!!!! These are all part of being Saints fans!!

COYR UTS Onwards to Europe

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