Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is waiting to learn the extent of the injuries Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi suffered in Tuesday’s win over Fulham.
Saints made it two wins on the bounce when they edged to a 1-0 victory over the Cottagers in the second round of the Carabao Cup but the progress was soured somewhat with both Obafemi and Redmond going down with injuries.
It’s not known yet known the extent of either forward’s predicament but Hasenhuttl will be hoping neither have suffered a serious setback.
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Redmond, who remains a key man under the Austrian and has started all four competitive games so far this season, picked up an ankle injury in the EFL Cup win and was forced off in the second half, while Obafemi, who hit the winner, appeared to go down with a hamstring pull.
Hasenhuttl addressed both injury concerns in his post-match press conference and is keeping his fingers crossed that both have only sustained knocks, although he admitted Redmond was in “big pain” afterwards.
Redmond’s injury will be given time to settle down and the Saints boss confirmed he hadn’t sustained any visible swelling.
He said: “The first thing is that I hope the injury of Nathan is not that bad. It was a shocking moment when he was laying on the ground, but the good thing is that the ankle is not swollen.
“The bad thing is that he is in big pain, so we must have a look and we must wait for the diagnosis.”
Obafemi, meanwhile, held the back of his leg in a tell-tale sign that he had suffered a hamstring injury but Hasenhuttl played down those fears post-match.
He added: “I don’t know if he’s injured or had just a little bit of cramp in the hamstrings. He was not injured. He scored an important goal for us. It was his first time in the team from the beginning and we gave him the chance to show up.”
Obafemi has had few opportunities to impress at first-team level but has been on the bench in all three Premier League games so far, coming on once.
Saints will assess the duo over the course of the next few days in the hope both will be available for Saturday’s big home clash with Manchester United.
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