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    westendsaint wrote:
    Waited after Saturdays game with Grand-children to get autographs etc.
    Jos said he was taken off as precaution, as he thought he may have felt a twinge.
    Then said he was over cautious & all was Ok.

    Obviously all players were in good mood on leaving, & so were the kids as they got 11 players autographs.
    That's great to hear. When we were in League One the players were very accessible after matches, and even gave post match interviews in the Itchen stand bar. My own kids got great autographs and pictures, and the players were great with the kids. I was worried they might be losing touch this year, so leased to hear otherwise."
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Adkins sweating on fitness of Hooiveld

Jos Hooiveld scores against Derby.

Jos Hooiveld scores against Derby.

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS are hoping Jos Hooiveld will be available for next weekend’s trip to Watford, despite the defender being substituted with a hamstring problem in the win against Derby.

The centre half opened the scoring in the 4-0 rout of the Rams, but lasted just 45 minutes before being taken off.

It was only Hooiveld’s third game back following a lay-off of nearly three weeks with an initial hamstring injury.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins revealed it was the same issue that forced the Dutchman to be withdrawn at the weekend, but he is optimistic Hooiveld won’t miss Saturday’s game against the Hornets.

Adkins said: “Jos was feeling his hamstring, so hopefully it’s not too bad.

“We’ve got Aaron Martin to go in there, so every confidence.

“All being well, Jos should be available for the weekend’s game.”

Hooiveld himself said afterwards that there is “nothing to worry about” and that he was merely taken off as a “precaution”.

For full story, plus SIX pages of Saints coverage, see today's Southern Daily Echo

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