Southampton Boss Confirms Major Injury Blow Ahead Of Arsenal Trip

By on December 1, 2014
Morgan Schneiderlin

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is out of Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal with a thigh injury.

Schneiderlin was forced off at half time during the Saints 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon after suffering an adductor problem in his right leg.

Koeman has been speaking to the media this afternoon ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the Emirates and has confirmed that the 25-year-old is set to undergo a scan today to determine the full extent of the injury.

The Dutch coach says it’s too soon to determine how long Schneiderlin will be out for but has categorically ruled him out of the clash against Arsenal.

When asked for an update on the French international’s condition, Koeman told reporters:

“No he’s not ready for Wednesday, because he needs a scan about his adductor, in his right leg,”

“Then we have to wait about the result of the scan. For sure he isn’t available for this Wednesday.”

“We’re making a scan now to know exactly what happened.

“It’s too soon to know whether it’s serious.

“It’s not too soon to say he can’t play on Wednesday, but for how long he will be out I don’t know.”

Schneiderlin’s absence is a major boost for Arsenal as he’s been one of Southampton’s key players over the past few seasons, so it’s positive news to hear he won’t be lining-up against us this week.

Defender Toby Alderweireld was forced to play in the defensive midfield role during the second half against City yesterday but Koeman has confirmed that midfielder Jack Cork is available again having recovered from illness so should step in for Schneiderlin on Wednesday.

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