Southampton’s victory over Coventry City this afternoon came at a potentially serious cost, the club’s boss has confirmed.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Ralph Hasenhuttl was drawn on the wellbeing of a pair of his side’s stars, in the form of Lyanco and Armando Broja.
First up came an insight into the injury picked up by Lyanco, who limped out of proceedings late in the first-half of action with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.
And Hasenhuttl went on to confirm that the issue looks a ‘serious’ one, ahead of a potentially lengthy spell on the sidelines for the stopper.
The situation of hitman Broja, on the other hand, appears less clear.
This comes after the Chelsea loanee was spotted being helped from the field of play by teammates on the back of the full-time whistle at St. Mary’s, with his manager fearful of a potential spell on the treatment table for Broja, too.
🚨 Lyanco’s injury is “serious” says Ralph, left the stadium on crutches. Broja’s injury is also not looking good but needs to be assessed.
Ralph tells me “we’ve paid a high price for that 120 minutes” by leaving players on the pitch for too long. #SaintsFC
— Tom Leach (@TomLeachHL) February 5, 2022
KWP makes the difference
Though they may have lost a pair of players to injury in the process, Southampton, in the end, got the job done on Saturday afternoon.
A nervy 90 minutes were forced to extra time after Stuart Armstrong cancelled out Viktor Gyokeres’ Coventry opener in spectacular fashion just beyond the hour mark:
This Stuart Armstrong goal just gets better with every replay.@SouthamptonFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/UdLvxrw62o
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 5, 2022
Then, with a penalty shootout looming large, the game’s telling moment was forthcoming with a full 112 minutes on the clock.
Kyle Walker-Peters proved the unlikely hero for Southampton, as the stopper’s deflected effort from the left found its way into the far bottom corner, keeping the Saints’ FA Cup adventure very much alive.
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