Puel hopeful on Gabbiadini injury

20 March 2017 04:30:03 EST

Southampton manager Claude Puel hopes that the groin injury Manolo Gabbiadini sustained against Tottenham on Sunday is not serious.

The striker will remain in England to undergo treatment on the problem rather than team up with the Italy squad during the international break after picking up the injury in the first half at White Hart Lane.

Gabbiadini has scored six goals for Saints since moving to St Mary's in January for £14million and it was initially feared that he would not play again this season.

However, Puel is optimistic that Gabbiadini's injury is minor, saying after his side's 2-1 loss: "It's a groin injury. We will see with other examinations.

"I think and I hope it is not bad, but for his national team I think it is not possible for him to play."

Meanwhile, Puel thought his side deserved to come away from the capital with a point, adding: "It was a good second half but it was a strange game in the first half. Without a lot of pressure against Tottenham we lost 2-0 and it was difficult to accept, and to accept the second goal.

"I think the second half was better. It was also of course interesting because we can do a good recovery, a good start with the ball.

"We didn't find the clinical edge to finish all the situations but I think a draw seemed normal for me."

Southampton, 1/9 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, are 13/20 to beat Bournemouth in their next match on 1st April.

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