“It is not the same injury that he had when he came to Southampton”.
Long will miss Saturday’s visit of Sunderland in the Premier League due to a knee problem. Koeman said: “We know we have good competition between the strikers and we need to give a good reaction after what happened last Tuesday”. “You need to keep your attitude level up and then your individual qualities but every game you need to be giving 110 per cent”.
“They will fight for their lives because the manager of Sunderland has a lot of experience in the Premier League and he knows what he will do”, the boss explained.
Sunderland walks into hostile territory looking for a win and three points to distance themselves from the relegation zone, while Southampton is eyeing points to climb towards the top of the table and a shot at European soccer next campaign.
John O’Shea is expected to be fit for Sunderland after the 34-year-old limped off during the first half of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace complaining of a tight calf muscle.
Boss Sam Allardyce – who could welcome back Jeremain Lens following hernia surgery – says a point at St Mary’s would represent a positive return from their lengthy trip south.
“We will have to find that form we displayed at West Ham, particularly in the second half, and be more clinical in front of goal to try and get a result”.
“Southampton“, which has two rounds ago, was at a distance of just one point from the fifth position, after two consecutive defeats dropped to 9th place and is now preparing for a hard match against fighting for survival “Sunderland“.
– Saints have won none of their last 11 Premier League matches where the opposition have scored.
– Saints have lost three games where they have been leading this season – more often than any other Premier League team.