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Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino confirms that the Kenyan midfielder, who has a hairline fracture in his lower leg, will miss Saturday’s battle

By Dennis Mabuka

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne will miss Saturday’s premiership match against Manchester City.

According to Pochettino, the Kenyan midfielder pulled an injury during the team’s 2-3 defeat to Aston Villa on Wednesday and is now set to miss his first league match since joining the Saints in a record transfer fee from Scottish giants Celtic FC.

“Wanyama has a hairline fracture in his lower leg, while Clyne has suffered a groin injury. They join Artur Boruc (hand), Morgan Schneiderlin (groin), Kelvin Davis (gluteus), Guly do Prado (knee) and Danny Fox (hamstring) in the treatment room,” Pochettino told the club’s official website.

He added, “José Fonte will be assessed after being restricted to a substitute’s role in midweek, while Gastón Ramírez looks set to be available after illness.”

Despite the absence of Wanyama, Pochettino insists the squad’s belief levels will remain high as Saints look to arrest a run of three consecutive defeats against a talented City side. “Of course, injuries always change your plans and your outlook.

“They will have a negative impact on you, but we need to keep on working and believing in the way we have done. I enjoy everything in football. Obviously, I’d prefer to enjoy the positive moments because no-one wants to go through negative times, but I need to be fully-focused and to relish these moments when they come around."