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Star ruled out after 'virus' strikes

2017-08-11 10:55:01, Views: 84, ICS

Star ruled out after 'virus' strikes

Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out of Southampton's Premier League opener against Swansea at St Mary's, officially because of a virus.

The former Celtic star, who slapped in a transfer request this week, has been unable to train for the past two days because of the bug.

Summer signings Mario Lemina and Jan Bednarek could make their competitive debuts for Saints as new boss Mauricio Pellegrino takes the helm for the first time in the Premier League.

Charlie Austin made his first start in six months during Saints' final game of the 2016-17 campaign and should continue up front after a good pre-season.

Provisional squad: Forster, McCarthy, Soares, Yoshida, Bertrand, Stephens, Targett, Bednarek, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Davis, Sims, Redmond, Boufal, Austin, Gabbiadini, Long.


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