Puel: No new injury concerns

By SFC Media Fri 04 Nov Hull vs Saints

Claude Puel says he will have the same squad to pick from for Hull City as he did for the UEFA Europa League clash with Inter.

Saints head to KCOM Stadium on Sunday, just a few days after recording a famous 2-1 victory against the Italian giants, at St Mary’s.

Puel was without a number of injured players for that game, including Shane Long, Cédric and Matt Targett.

None of those will be available for the trip to Humberside this weekend, but Puel also has no additional fitness concerns after the clash with Inter.

"I don't think we will see the squad change for this week, because all the injured players are still unavailable, like Long, Targett, Hesketh and Pied,” he said. “We don't change the squad.”

Puel hopes the upcoming international break will give some of those players a chance to get closer to fitness.

"I hope so,” he said. “We will see this, for example, with [Cédric] Soares.

“Perhaps he comes back the next week for the training sessions and after, for other players, we will see this.

“The international break is always difficult, because we are going to have many players selected for international games and they cannot recover, but it's a good thing also, because the squad is good, with good players and international players, and for the future this will be important.”

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