Puel on Austin and Pied’s returns

By SFC Media Sun 14 May Boro vs Saints
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Claude Puel was pleased to be able to welcome Charlie Austin and Jérémy Pied back from injury.

Austin, who has been sidelined since December after suffering a dislocated shoulder, came on for the final minutes of the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

“To see Charlie after his injury was very good,” started Puel.

“A lot of the things were very interesting today. Not just the result and the quality but to see all of the squad give a good performance.

“It’s a good thing to see him return - for him and for the team to see him back before the end of the season.”

Puel also gave fellow Frenchman Pied his first start since the opening game of the season against Watford.

The right-back has missed out on the majority of this campaign due to a knee injury, but Puel was pleased to be able to welcome him back to the action.

“I am happy also for the comeback of Jeremy,” he continued.

“He did some fantastic work today and was very interesting and strong at the in defence for us.

“He showed great quality coming forward and also starting the play from the back.”

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