Southampton vs West Ham - Hojbjerg suspended as Saints host injury-hit Hammers



Posted Monday, December 24, 2018 by PA

Southampton vs West Ham - Hojbjerg suspended as Saints host injury-hit Hammers

Southampton will be without midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for their clash with West Ham on Thursday.

Hojbjerg picked up his fifth yellow card of the season late on in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield and must serve a one-match suspension.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is unlikely to make many other changes after seeing his side win two matches in a row. Teenage striker Michael Obafemi will hope for more game time after becoming Southampton’s youngest ever Premier League scorer on Saturday.

Fabian Balbuena and Javier Hernandez have joined West Ham’s injury list ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.

Defender Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.

They join Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid on the sidelines.

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