Southampton striker Sam Gallagher to miss Stoke game after death of his dad

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Saints striker Sam Gallagher will miss Saturday's match against Stoke, following the death of his dad.

The 18-year-old's father passed away last weekend, and Gallagher has been released by the club in order to be with his family.

A statement from Saints said: "Southampton Football Club would like to send its heartfelt condolences to forward Sam Gallagher following the sad death of his father, Richard, at the weekend.

"Richard passed away last Saturday following a short illness. As a result, Sam has been excused from training this week and will not be available for this weekend’s game against Stoke City.

"We are sure that all of our supporters will join us in extending our condolences to Sam, his mother, Sally, and the rest of the Gallagher family at this sad and difficult time."

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino added: "It’s a very tough moment for him of course.

"I want to take this time to send my heartfelt condolences to him and his family from the Southampton family and the staff.

"It’s a very tough moment indeed and we will give him our full support in this tough moment.
Sam is going to be with his family until Monday and they need him to be present, to be untied to be together.

"He will come back on Monday but this is a time he needs to be with his family."

The other injury news for Saints ahead of the Stoke game is that Calum Chambers has been suffering with a dead leg and Victor Wanyama with a knock, both picked up against Fulham.

However, the pair are back in training and Saints are hopeful they will be available for the weekend.

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3:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Saint TGB says...

Sam, you have all of our support.
Sam, you have all of our support. Saint TGB
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3:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

saint gee says...

God bless u Sam.
God bless u Sam. saint gee
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3:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Shrewdsaint says...

Sorry Sam. Come back when you're ready, take the time you need.
Sorry Sam. Come back when you're ready, take the time you need. Shrewdsaint
  • Score: 47

3:40pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bigfella says...

Tough times for the lad.

Pops will be proud of you, he can watch the next match will the big G, he's a Saints fan too.
Tough times for the lad. Pops will be proud of you, he can watch the next match will the big G, he's a Saints fan too. bigfella
  • Score: 50

3:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Beer Monster says...

All Saints fans' thoughts are with you and your family Sam. Keep your chin up.
All Saints fans' thoughts are with you and your family Sam. Keep your chin up. Beer Monster
  • Score: 45

3:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

saints fan #1 says...

All fans support with Sam. God Bless, Come back when ready.
All fans support with Sam. God Bless, Come back when ready. saints fan #1
  • Score: 38

3:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

he must be very proud of you.
he must be very proud of you. apm1954
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3:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

That's terrible must have been far too young to go. Very tragic. At least he got to see his son play in the Prem and went out a proud dad.
That's terrible must have been far too young to go. Very tragic. At least he got to see his son play in the Prem and went out a proud dad. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 51

3:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Confucious says...

A huge loss for the lad and his family - and puts things in perspective for all of us.
A huge loss for the lad and his family - and puts things in perspective for all of us. Confucious
  • Score: 43

3:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Saintlee72 says...

Deepest sympathies to you and your family big fella. I'm sure I speak for every Saints fan.
Chin up mucker.
Deepest sympathies to you and your family big fella. I'm sure I speak for every Saints fan. Chin up mucker. Saintlee72
  • Score: 38

4:17pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

How sad. Deepest sympathies to the family.
How sad. Deepest sympathies to the family. Costa Baz
  • Score: 35

4:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Lat Te Mis says...

Along with all the prvious posts, our thughts are with you and your family Sam,
So tragic at such a young age, take as long as mentally possible and come back a stronger man.

COYRAWA
Along with all the prvious posts, our thughts are with you and your family Sam, So tragic at such a young age, take as long as mentally possible and come back a stronger man. COYRAWA Lat Te Mis
  • Score: 22

4:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

Sorry for your loss Sam. all the best.
Sorry for your loss Sam. all the best. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 25

4:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

such sad news
don't think I can say any more than has already been said.
sympathies to you, your family and friends.
such sad news don't think I can say any more than has already been said. sympathies to you, your family and friends. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 25

4:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Velleity says...

So young to lose a parent. Take care Sam.
So young to lose a parent. Take care Sam. Velleity
  • Score: 24

4:51pm Thu 6 Feb 14

SFC4EVA says...

Thoughts are with you and your family Sam, I lost my father at a similar age. Stay strong it will get easier.
Thoughts are with you and your family Sam, I lost my father at a similar age. Stay strong it will get easier. SFC4EVA
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5:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

twovests says...

Deepest sympathys from a Pompey fan.
Deepest sympathys from a Pompey fan. twovests
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5:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

Very sad news. Difficult time for the whole family but the Southampton family is there for you Sam when you make it back.
Very sad news. Difficult time for the whole family but the Southampton family is there for you Sam when you make it back. allsaintsnocurves
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5:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

When all was going so well for him this cruel act has happend to Sam and his familly, so sorry for your loss
When all was going so well for him this cruel act has happend to Sam and his familly, so sorry for your loss Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 21

6:08pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Saintcosser says...

Sad news indeed. He'll be looking down on Sam with a smile on his face though, especially when he bangs in his first Premier League goal.
Sad news indeed. He'll be looking down on Sam with a smile on his face though, especially when he bangs in his first Premier League goal. Saintcosser
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6:27pm Thu 6 Feb 14

City Saint says...

Sorry to hear the terrible news. My heart goes out to the kid.
Sorry to hear the terrible news. My heart goes out to the kid. City Saint
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6:50pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Sincere condolences Sam - a terrible loss to bear for such a young man.
Sincere condolences Sam - a terrible loss to bear for such a young man. Jan28th1984
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6:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Baddesley Bill says...

Heartbreaking for the lad. Stay strong Sam.
Heartbreaking for the lad. Stay strong Sam. Baddesley Bill
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7:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

skiptonsaint says...

Sorry to hear sam.
Sure he was very proud
Sorry to hear sam. Sure he was very proud skiptonsaint
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7:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

So sad, deepest condolences to you & your family, Sam.

Come back when you're ready.
So sad, deepest condolences to you & your family, Sam. Come back when you're ready. Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
  • Score: 14

7:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

These coming days, we will all be thinking of you, Sam and family.

(..... and respect to Twovests for adding his sympathy.)
These coming days, we will all be thinking of you, Sam and family. (..... and respect to Twovests for adding his sympathy.) Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 15

7:58pm Thu 6 Feb 14

stockysaint says...

Deeply sorry for your loss Sam, take your time to heal and remember the good times and know that your Dad would be immensely proud.
God bless and sincerest condolences to you and yours.
Deeply sorry for your loss Sam, take your time to heal and remember the good times and know that your Dad would be immensely proud. God bless and sincerest condolences to you and yours. stockysaint
  • Score: 15

8:46pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Spookysaint says...

Sam sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Your family is part of ours the saints brigade we will support with our cheers and be with you all through thick and thin. God bless to your dad he is with Marcus and when we sing about him we sing to your dad too
Sam sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Your family is part of ours the saints brigade we will support with our cheers and be with you all through thick and thin. God bless to your dad he is with Marcus and when we sing about him we sing to your dad too Spookysaint
  • Score: 13

8:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Situll says...

Sam, So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family.
Sam, So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family. Situll
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8:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Mister E says...

twovests wrote:
Deepest sympathys from a Pompey fan.
Respect twovests - and thank you.

Tragic.
As said above, certainly puts things in perspective - and there I was moaning about the weather this morning!
Thoughts are with you and your family. Be strong big man, your family needs you, we can wait.
Rest assured, when you're ready, there will be warm welcome from the Saints family. You certainly can be assured of that.
Take your time, stay strong.
[quote][p][bold]twovests[/bold] wrote: Deepest sympathys from a Pompey fan.[/p][/quote]Respect twovests - and thank you. Tragic. As said above, certainly puts things in perspective - and there I was moaning about the weather this morning! Thoughts are with you and your family. Be strong big man, your family needs you, we can wait. Rest assured, when you're ready, there will be warm welcome from the Saints family. You certainly can be assured of that. Take your time, stay strong. Mister E
  • Score: 9

9:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

up saints says...

not much you can add to the above posts nice to see some respect from twovests
not much you can add to the above posts nice to see some respect from twovests up saints
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9:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

harryt93 says...

I'm sure you will have done your father proud you're living every young lads dream. Thoughts with you and your family.
I'm sure you will have done your father proud you're living every young lads dream. Thoughts with you and your family. harryt93
  • Score: 4

10:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Paul TS says...

Thoughts to you and your family at this time Sam, hopefiully your dad was able to witness your rise in to the first team. Take care mate, family is always more important than anything else.
Thoughts to you and your family at this time Sam, hopefiully your dad was able to witness your rise in to the first team. Take care mate, family is always more important than anything else. Paul TS
  • Score: 5

11:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

itsnotjustice says...

so tragic... as everyones saying though, he would have been one very proud dad..

although he wont be playing im sure the fans will be singing his name loudly on saturday.
so tragic... as everyones saying though, he would have been one very proud dad.. although he wont be playing im sure the fans will be singing his name loudly on saturday. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 3

11:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

insane saint says...

another saint needs our backing take care Sam we are all here for you and your family. together as one.

again respect to twovests
another saint needs our backing take care Sam we are all here for you and your family. together as one. again respect to twovests insane saint
  • Score: 4

11:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

insane saint says...

another saint needs our backing take care Sam we are all here for you and your family. together as one.

again respect to twovests
another saint needs our backing take care Sam we are all here for you and your family. together as one. again respect to twovests insane saint
  • Score: 5

12:23am Fri 7 Feb 14

lewis99 says...

Saint Marcus will look after him Sam, I want to be there when you get your first Saints goal, it will be very emotional for sure. RIP dad. ****
Saint Marcus will look after him Sam, I want to be there when you get your first Saints goal, it will be very emotional for sure. RIP dad. **** lewis99
  • Score: 2

12:24am Fri 7 Feb 14

lewis99 says...

Saint Marcus will look after him Sam. I so want to be there when you score your first Saints goal, very emotional that'll be. RIP dad. ****
Saint Marcus will look after him Sam. I so want to be there when you score your first Saints goal, very emotional that'll be. RIP dad. **** lewis99
  • Score: 1

10:51am Fri 7 Feb 14

J7junctionseven says...

I've had the pleasure of meeting you a couple of times in the Dell Bar after the Yeovil and Arsenal games. You are a credit to your dad and family and my deepest sympathy goes out to you all.
When you come back your first goal will be a special one I'm sure.
We will be thinking of you on Saturday. God Bless Richard.
I've had the pleasure of meeting you a couple of times in the Dell Bar after the Yeovil and Arsenal games. You are a credit to your dad and family and my deepest sympathy goes out to you all. When you come back your first goal will be a special one I'm sure. We will be thinking of you on Saturday. God Bless Richard. J7junctionseven
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mikesugar says...

Sad times Nipper our thoughts are with you and your family.
Sad times Nipper our thoughts are with you and your family. mikesugar
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