Saints stars Ramirez and Yoshida fit for World Cup finals

Gaston Ramirez

Gaston Ramirez

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Maya Yoshida and Gaston Ramirez will be fit for World Cup duty.

The pair are among four Saints absentees for tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa with Kelvin Davis and Jay Rodriguez also sidelined. However, Artur Boruc is fit enough to resume between the sticks.

With the World Cup so close it is a worrying time for any hopeful who picks up a knock, but Mauricio Pochettino is upbeat about the prospects of Yoshida and Ramirez.

“Maya and Gaston will be fine,” he said.

“It is also clear when you see a player like Jay Rodriguez get injured severely it has an emotional impact on the club and the players in an individual sense.

“When some of the players are playing for Southampton, but looking to play in the World Cup, it will be in the back of their minds – but it won’t be the case with Gaston or Maya.”

Pochettino is hoping his side get back to winning ways at Villa Park after the defeat to Cardiff last time out.

“It is very different teams and it will be a different game,” reckoned the Saints boss.

“We were quite unlucky against Cardiff because we deserved more from that game, we did everything to win that game but it wasn’t to be for us that day.

“I think it was one of the easiest games we could have won but it didn’t happen in the end.

“Now against Aston Villa we know we are going to be facing a very tough team, a very physical side and a very difficult ground but our focus is always to win.”

Pochettino confirmed that he will continue to field his strongest side for the remainder of campaign rather than giving yet more youngsters a chance.

“We are going to try and win the rest of the games we have. These last four games are our focus,” he insisted. “If you look at our entire season we have squeezed everything out of the academy and tried to use as many as we can.

“It has been good to see young players like Calum (Chambers), Harry (Reed) and Sam (Gallagher) play regularly in the first team.

“I am sure they will get their chances and there will be other young players who may not get a chance in the last four games but in the future following our philosophy and structure they will get a chance in the future.”

The Cardiff game marked 50 Premier League matches in charge for Pochettino and when asked for his reflections he said: “I am very happy during my time here.

“When I was looking at the Premier League from the outside I didn’t realise quite how great this competition is.

“The press does a fantastic job in actually transmitting all those values and everything surrounding the league in every single home in this country.

“If you look at the organisation, I have been in other cultures in Europe, the organisation here is by far the best. There is no doubt about that.

“I have also been surprised in a good way about the young players. There are young players who are very talented and they just need time to mature.”

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9:34am Fri 18 Apr 14

Little Hitler says...

Gaston has to be one of our most frustrating ever players. He can't get in the team because of Jay, when he can he gets injured again. His injury / fitness record is poor TBH.

Let's hope we see the best of him at the World Cup and that he either goes for good money over the summer or, preferably, comes good for us next season. There's plenty of talent there!
Gaston has to be one of our most frustrating ever players. He can't get in the team because of Jay, when he can he gets injured again. His injury / fitness record is poor TBH. Let's hope we see the best of him at the World Cup and that he either goes for good money over the summer or, preferably, comes good for us next season. There's plenty of talent there! Little Hitler
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11:50am Fri 18 Apr 14

batesieboy says...

Are Villa really " a physical team" as MP suggests? Have Reed and Gallagher really been "regulars" for the first team, as Chambers has? And a classic: "The Press does a fantastic job..." Sometimes I wonder why I like football so much.
Are Villa really " a physical team" as MP suggests? Have Reed and Gallagher really been "regulars" for the first team, as Chambers has? And a classic: "The Press does a fantastic job..." Sometimes I wonder why I like football so much. batesieboy
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8:48pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

Don't think we will see too much of Gaston at the World Cup apart from a few minutes off the bench
I do agree he is frustration at times but the talent is there
I would love to see him stay and prove the doubters wrong
Don't think we will see too much of Gaston at the World Cup apart from a few minutes off the bench I do agree he is frustration at times but the talent is there I would love to see him stay and prove the doubters wrong bullsbags
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