Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested that Stuart Armstrong will return to the Southampton side that faces Leeds United on Tuesday.
Armstrong was absent from the Saints squad that drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Saturday afternoon and he has been a key player for the south-coast outfit this season.
The Scotland international has six Premier League goal contributions [three goals and three assists] in 18 starts during the current campaign but was forced to miss the visit of Thomas Tuchel and co due to a muscle injury.
“He can be an option for Tuesday against Leeds.”
Southampton travel to West Yorkshire on Tuesday just one place and two points behind the Whites as both clubs bid to break into the top 10.
Ailing Alioski must step up if called upon
Leeds are probably most vulnerable at left-back so it is unwelcome news to hear that Southampton’s key man down their right-hand side is back fit.
Armstrong has started 15 games as a right midfielder this season [WhoScored] and has impressed with his lung-bursting runs down the flank.
Stuart Dallas resumed the role he held earlier this season for Leeds at Wolves on Friday night as Ezgjan Alioski was benched but the Northern Ireland international might be pressed back into midfield action after the Whites failed to get to grips in the middle of the park at Molineux.
Alioski can be devastating going forward but he is susceptible to dozing off in his defensive responsibilities and this is something Armstrong will be looking to take advantage of with his clever runs in behind the defence.
Leeds must bounce back from consecutive defeats and boost their top 10 hopes by beating a potential rival.
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