Many Southampton fans were probably fearing the worst when Moussa Djenepo went down with a heavy knock against Everton at Goodison Park in their last fixture but it appears he is still in contention to play against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have seriously struggled with injury issues in recent months, which has seen their strong start to the season completely undone by their woeful recent form, with Saturday’s game at Bramall Lane arguably a relegation clash.
Fortunately for the Austrian, it appears that Djenepo will be fit for the game against Chris Wilder’s side, as Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach confirmed that he is training ahead of the weekend.
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The Mali international was the difference in the same fixture last season, as his superb goal earned Southampton a 1-0 win, so Hasenhuttl will be hoping for a similar contribution on Saturday as he looks to arrest the awful recent run of form.
Following that game last season, Nathan Redmond was full of praise for his young teammate, saying:
“He is a super-talented boy who is so open-minded and eager to learn every single day. He gets on well with everybody and has fitted in so well.”
Djenepo has impressed in his most recent starts against Chelsea and Everton, although hopefully the return of Kyle Walker-Peters means we won’t have to see the 22-year-old feature as a right-back again anytime soon.
Although the winger has struggled for goals and assists this season, managing just one goal and no assists in 19 top-flight appearances, his defensive work-rate is superb, whilst he can also create chances for others due to his excellent ability in one-on-one dribbling situations – as evidenced by the completion of 1.2 dribbles per game.
Therefore, it will come as a huge relief to both Hasenhuttl and Southampton fans that the knock he picked up against Everton wasn’t serious and he is therefore in contention to feature at Bramall Lane on Saturday.