RALPH Hasenhuttl confirmed that Moussa Djenepo has “no chance” of playing against Tottenham on Saturday.

The winger picked up a muscle injury in his upper leg following the game at Sheffield United, which he scored the winner in.

And after missing both matches with Bournemouth and Portsmouth, Hasenhuttl explained that a comeback isn’t on the cards yet.

“I think we managed the game on Tuesday very well with the injuries. Only the long-term injured players, like Moussa, are still out,” said the Saints boss.

“So far, we took a few new pictures and there isn’t too much to say at the moment. He is still out.

“We will take a bit more time, we don’t know how long exactly. He has no chance of playing against Tottenham.”

Having started the season in excellent form, scoring twice in the Premier League, Djenepo’s injury would have come as a blow to Saints.

Hasenhuttl added: “He showed he can have a big impact in our team already. Everybody loves him because he shows that he can immediately help us.

“It’s not easy for him in the moment after a few games to wait for the next one but that’s football.”

As well as Djenepo missing Saturday’s match with Tottenham, there is a chance that goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will be left at home.

It was revealed that he is having issues with one of his muscles after playing in the 4-0 demolition of fierce rivals Pompey.

Hasenhuttl then explained that should McCarthy miss the trip to White Hart Lane, he could call on Harry Lewis, the third-choice goalkeeper, to take his place on the bench.

He said: “Alex McCarthy has a little bit of a problem with his muscle but if it’s too much risk to stick him on the bench then we will take another goalkeeper.”