Southampton have confirmed on their official website that key defender Cedric Soares will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth, while Shane Long will be assessed close to kick-off.
The Saints are coming off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in midweek, with Raheem Sterling breaking the supporters’ hearts with a 96th minute winner.
Southampton will hope that a clash against south-coast rivals Bournemouth will be an ideal opportunity to record points and move up the Premier League table.
However, the away side will have to do this without Cedric, who was forced out of the action at the Etihad Stadium close to the end of the midweek encounter.
he Portugal international was replaced by youth-team graduate Sam McQueen and Mauricio Pellegrino will have to shake up his rearguard without the fleet-footed full-back.
Long also started against City but was substituted with less than ten minutes to go, with Southampton confirming that the Republic of Ireland international is struggling with a calf complaint.
The lively attacker will be assessed by the club’s medical staff today and a decision will be made over whether the striker can feature at Bournemouth.
Sitting in 12th place in the Premier League standings, Southampton will hope for three points that will take the club into the top half of the division.