Puel: We can overcome Oriol's absence

By SFC Media Fri 07 Apr West Brom vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Oriol Romeu

Southampton will be without midfielder Oriol Romeu for their next two matches, but Claude Puel has every confidence in whoever replaces him in the team.

The Spaniard is suspended for the games against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City, after picking up a tenth yellow card of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace.

Romeu has been one of the star performers of the Saints team this term, but, while Puel underlined his value to the team, he also pointed out the quality he has at his disposal to come in.

"We know the importance of Oriol, of course," said the Saints boss, who could also be without Steven Davis due to an ankle injury. "But we have [Jordy] Clasie and [Pierre-Emile] Højbjerg, who have trained very well.

"They keep always the good spirit and good attitude, and I have confidence in them.

"We also don't know the situation of the injury with Davis, but I have confidence with all my players.

"Of course, for all these last games, we will need all of the group. It's important, and all the players keep a good attitude and spirit in the training sessions."

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