SAINTS head coach Russell Martin has ruled out striker Sam Edozie until the end of January due to injury.
The 20-year-old was sent off in the first half of the match against Norwich City on New Year’s Day after a serious foul by Jack Stacey.
After the match, Martin expressed dissatisfaction with the tackle that injured Edozie’s ankle, noting that it should have been a red card.
The England youth international has featured in his last six matches, scoring three goals.
When asked about Edozie’s condition, Martin replied: “He won’t be here this month.”
“Hopefully it will be available at the end of this month or early February. It won’t be long. It was a terrible challenge. It should have been a red card.”
“It’s a real shame for Sam because he had a good run and played really well. He will come back and give us a real boost.
“We have a big team that is good enough to last until then. People must make an effort and take advantage of their opportunities. I look forward to her coming back and getting the depth she needs.”
Another player on Southampton’s physio bench is James Bree. The defender missed most of the important games after leaving QPR early.
It took Saints some time to find out the extent of his injury, with the ability to assess his injury limited by Christmas.
“We’ll try to get it back a little before the end of the month,” Martin told the Daily Echo.
“It all depends on him and where he is. It’s disappointing when a player gets injured, but when a player works hard to get back into action, it’s hard to quit.”
Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo