Russell Martin may be without one of his best players for an extended length of time.
Southampton could lose one of their summer recruits for the foreseeable future due to injury, and one writer has reacted to the bad news from St. Mary’s.
Hull vs Southampton team news
In the Championship, Russell Martin already has Jack Stephens out after being out since August, but there has lately been some good news regarding the fitness of a new face who has yet to make his debut for the club.
According to Saints reporter Mark Wyatt, Ross Stewart could make the bench for this weekend’s second-tier game at the MKM Stadium against Hull City, but with one player likely to return to domestic action, another is expected to take his place in the treatment room on the south coast.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis of Manchester City has started all six games he’s played in since signing a season-long loan with the club over the summer, and he’s formed a solid defensive partnership with Jan Bednarek (WhoScored – Harwood-Bellis statistics), but he could be ruled out for an unknown period of time.
England’s young international returned from serving his country early last week after suffering an injury, but with no further examination or statement on the degree of the 21-year-old’s condition yet to be revealed, things aren’t looking good.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis injury update
Following the injury update on Taylor Harwood-Bellis, journalist Dean Jones gave his assessment to GiveMeSport, admitting that it will be a problem if he is sidelined at Southampton.
“Yeah, it would be [a blow,” he remarked. He’s played an important role this season, and despite everything that has gone wrong for Southampton, at least they had the makings of a promising partnership.
“You’ve got youth, experience, and hope on both ends of the equation, and then you’ve got someone of such experience in Bednarek, so it’s a real blow for Southampton if he’s going to be out for a while.”
“Obviously, they’re getting back in and need to thoroughly check him out, and they’re not going to take any chances on him.” Southampton, on the other hand, will be hoping to get him back into the team as soon as possible.”