Thursday 29 September 2016

Boost for Martin O'Neill as Shane Long returns to Southampton squad

Published 08/04/2016 | 09:58

Shane Long receives treatment during the match against Slovakia.
Shane Long receives treatment during the match against Slovakia.

Shane Long will return from knee trouble for Southampton's Premier League clash with Newcastle at St Mary's on Saturday.

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The Republic of Ireland striker is ready to lead Saints' line, while midfielder Steven Davis will miss out with an ankle issue.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman still hopes Davis will be fit in time for the trip to Everton on March 16.

Provisional squad: Forster, Stekelenburg, Gazzaniga, Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Yoshida, Soares, Bertrand, Targett, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Romeu, Tadic, Mane, Pelle, Long, Juanmi, Austin.

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