By Craig Scott

14th Oct, 2021 | 11:40am

Southampton striker Che Adams ruled out of clash v Leeds United

Southampton will be without Che Adams when they welcome Leeds United to St Mary’s on Saturday, Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed.

Adams, 25, is yet to score for the Saints this season and was an unused substitute in the last match before the international break when the winless south coast club lost 3-1 at Chelsea.

Sun journalist Tom Barclay has now shared Hasenhuttl’s update on Adams form his pre-match press conference on Thursday and while the ex-Birmingham striker has been ruled out of action this weekend, the injury is not seen as “too serious”.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery adds that Hassenhuttl also confirmed key defender Jack Stephens is unavailable for the Saints this weekend whey they play the Whites at St Mary’s.

James Ward-Prowse is also suspended, meaning that there are at least three star players missing for Southampton.

Boost for Leeds?

Last season, Adams was one of the best players for Southampton.

He scored nine goals and assisted five in 36 Premier League appearances to help the Saints ease themselves to a comfortable bottom-half finish.

However, Southampton and Adams have endured a tough start to this campaign with the club yet to win and the striker yet to score.

Adams to assist a goal against Everton on the opening day but that’s as good as it’s got for the player who was once linked with a move to Leeds United.

He’s only completed 90 minutes twice and has been an unused substitute for Hassenhuttl on two occasions in the last four league matches.

It’s not really a major boost for Leeds that Southampton will be without their number 10 on Saturday but it’s bound to make things tougher for the Saints, who have just one goal in their last four.

Adams, who’s a Scotland international, will be a miss for them and we’ll definitely take that as we look to build on the win against Watford prior to the international break.

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