By Craig Scott

3rd Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Phil Hay: James Ward-Prowse unlikely to be available for Southampton v Leeds United

James Ward-Prowse is unlikely to have his red card rescinded, meaning the Southampton star will miss the game against Leeds United later this month, according to Phil Hay.

Ward-Prowse is arguably Southampton’s best player but the midfielder was sent off for the Saints on Saturday due to an ugly challenge on Thiago Silva as they lost to Chelsea.

According to HampshireLive, Ward-Prowse will be banned for three games as long as Southampton don’t win an appeal.

However, The Athletic journalist Hay doesn’t expect them to be successful in an appeal, meaning the Saints captain won’t be available to play when Leeds play at St Mary’s on October 16.

“I don’t see them appealing that successfully either. Big loss for Southampton and a bonus for Leeds,” said Hay via The Athletic website on Saturday.

Major boost

If Southampton are without Ward-Prowse after the international break is over then Marcelo Bielsa will surely be licking his lips.

Ward-Prowse is Southampton’s captain, midfield playmaker, set-piece taker and generally their best player.

Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side has struggled so far this season with the Saints winless in seven games and sitting 17th in the Premier League table.

If they are without the 26-year-old England international when Leeds arrive on the south coast this month, they’re going to be way easier to beat.

Leeds got their Premier League campaign up and running on Saturday with a nerve-wracking 1-0 win against Watford at Elland Road.

We’ve had some good performances this season but we’ve not really impressed throughout an entire 90 minutes.

Hopefully that’ll change against Southampton.

In other Leeds United news, Hay has shared Bielsa’s stance on Tyler Roberts amid exit speculation.