Ralph Hasenhutt

Ralph Hasenhuttl on why Ryan Bertrand missed Brighton vs Southampton

Brighton vs Southampton

Southampton haven’t had the best start to the 2019/20 season.

The Saints headed into game-week three down in 19th spot in the Premier League table, and had yet to register a single point in the league.

Southampton lost 3-0 on the opening weekend vs Burnley, before losing 2-1 vs Liverpool last weekend.

This Saturday saw them travel to Brighton in one of four 3 pm PL kick offs.

Brighton have had a decent start to the new season under Graham Potter.

They beat Watford 3-0, and then drew 1-1 vs West Ham last weekend.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Graham Potter, head coach of Ostersunds FK claps the fans after UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Why Ryan Bertrand missed out

Ahead of the clash with Brighton, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl provided a brief update on his team selection.

One of the things discussed was the absence of Ryan Bertrand from the matchday squad.

Bertrand is a first-team regular normally for Southampton, and has started their previous two outings in 2019/20.

But Hasenhuttl would explain that Bertrand missed out due to having a problem with his ankle on Friday:

“I think it was yesterday after the session that he had a little problem with his ankle.”

Hasenhuttl also explained why he chose to start Danny Ings, citing his impact vs Liverpool as a factor:

“Ings had a very good impact in the last game. I think he came on and was a very good sub last week and showed immediately that he was in the game. I think he was fit and I hope he can make a very good game today.”

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