Thursday 23 November 2017

Shane Long set to return to Southampton starting line up

Shane Long with his five-year-old daughter Teigan
Shane Long with his five-year-old daughter Teigan

Shane Long is in line to replace the suspended Graziano Pelle for Southampton's Premier League trip to Manchester City.

Republic of Ireland striker Long featured as one of three advanced midfielders supporting Pelle in Saints' 1-0 home defeat to Stoke, but should now have the chance to lead the line at the Etihad Stadium.

Pacy forward Sadio Mane should be fit to feature in behind Long as manager Ronald Koeman aims to keep faith with his 4-2-3-1 formation.

Provisional squad: Stekelenburg, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Soares, Martina, Caulker, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Targett, Clasie, S Davis, Reed, Romeu, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Juanmi, Ramirez, Tadic, Long.

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