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Defender set to continue in star’s absence

21 Aug

Ryan Bertrand misses out again as Claude Puel takes his Southampton squad to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Southampton: Defender set to continue in star's absenceSouthampton: Defender set to continue in star's absence

The England international was sidelined for Saints’ 1-1 draw with Watford last weekend and is still not ready to return.

Matt Targett is set to continue at left-back but there could be a change in central defence with Puel weighing up whether to start skipper Jose Fonte alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Saints have no fresh injury concerns with summer signings Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Jeremy Pied pushing for further action after coming off the bench at St Mary’s last week.

Southampton (from): Forster, Van Dijk, Fonte, Yoshida, Soares, Targett, Clasie, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Tadic, Long, Austin, Pied, Rodriguez, Hojbjerg, McCarthy, Redmond.

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