Saints hopeful over duo's fitness

Last Updated: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:59

Southampton are confident that Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez will be fit in time for Saturday's visit of West Brom to St Mary's.

Striker Lambert was forced off in the first half of the weekend's 4-3 FA Cup third-round home win against Burnley with a dead leg after getting himself on the score-sheet.

Midfield playmaker Ramirez complained of a tight hamstring as he made his second start in the space of four days and he was withdrawn in the second half of the Clarets' clash.

However assistant boss Jesus Perez revealed that both players' problems were not too serious and he is hopeful they will be able to feature against the Baggies in the Premier League.

He said in the Daily Echo: "He (Rickie) got a dead leg and in this moment we were 2-0 up and we didn't want to take any risks, especially when we are at the end hopefully of a tough period of injuries.

"Rickie is very important, like a lot of players in this moment when we have Dani Osvaldo out for three games, and we decided to prevent a major risk.

"Gaston we knew after playing 90 minutes three days ago will probably get some fatigue after more than 60 minutes.

"It was too much for him and he started to feel a bit of fatigue in his hamstrings, and we decided to prevent a major injury."

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