Ralph Hassenhutl received a surprise but very welcome boost in Southampton this week after it was revealed that Oriol Romeu had returned to training after an injury.
The Spaniard was expected to come out for the season after breaking his ankle in a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United in February, but Hampshire Live has confirmed that he is returning to the field in Staplewood and may even return for some of the other races in Southampton .
The Saints have five Premier League games left, and while not yet mathematically certain, Fulham will have to take at least 10 points and hope Southampton will take none if they want to catch up with Hasenhutl.
Will Romeo play again this season?
Returning to Rome before the end of the season would be a huge boost for the Austrian manager, as he and James Ward-Proes formed an excellent partnership in the middle of the middle earlier in the campaign, which was an important factor in their impressive start to the season.
The 29-year-old, who joined for £ 5m from Chelsea in 2015, has averaged an impressive 6.97 rating in his 20 appearances in the top flight this season, making him the third best performer. in the Southampton team so far campaign.
Southampton are seriously struggling in his absence, and Ibrahima Diallo flatteringly cheated as his replacement, forcing Hassenhutl to play Armstrong in the central midfield from time to time, which does not correspond to the Scottish national team.
Therefore, if they can meet Romeu back, then the South Coast could return to using the midfield, which helped them briefly climb to the top of the Premier League in November and hopefully they can finish the season strongly after a shocking implementation of the form in 2021.
Romeo’s influence cannot be underestimated, as before their meeting in December, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the defensive midfielder, saying:
“He (Hasenhuttl) has back experience and has one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, Romeo.”
Rome’s early return is certainly good news for Southampton and we hope that they will be able to prepare him enough to participate in some of the other Premier League competitions, as it would be a huge incentive for him to be returned to the field.
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