Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed the Elland Road pitch caused an injury to Takumi Minamino when Leeds United beat the Saints 3-0.
The turf at Elland Road was coming out in clumps during Tuesday’s game as players slipped over throughout the evening.
Minamino picked up a knock during the game and Hasenhuttl insists the injury occurred as the attacker slipped on the Leeds pitch.
“He [Minamino] slipped,” Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live.
“It was very slippery, the pitch was not good at Leeds, and after the first movement, I think he struggled with his hamstring.
“He still finished the game because we couldn’t change anymore, but it was definitely not perfect.”
The Saints boss claims Minamino will be out for at least a week due to his injury as more attention is brought to the state of our pitch.
The whole turf was dug up just a few weeks ago after the pitch started to fall apart following continued usage and heavy rainfall.
The new pitch we received from Tottenham doesn’t seem to be much better as the Sky Sports pundits on Tuesday night took aim at the turf.
Players injure themselves all the time by slipping over and there is a danger that this can happen any time a player steps out onto the pitch.
Yes, Elland Road isn’t at it’s best right now but to solely blame the pitch for an injury is a bit harsh considering most players managed to deal with the conditions without picking up a knock.
Our pitch has become an easy target in recent weeks but there isn’t a lot the club can do about it at this stage so Hasenhuttl should stop moaning and realise everyone who plays at Elland Road faces the same problem.
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