Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl sends warning to Cardiff

Ashley Barnes's added-time penalty denied Southampton a win over Burnley

Ashley Barnes's added-time penalty denied Southampton a win over Burnley

Hasenhuttl, who tasted defeat at Cardiff in his first game as Saints boss after two days in charge, says his team are not as wet behind the ears.

Southampton coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed the striker's injury and his absence for the weekend's match against Cardiff City at they look to go five points clear of the relegation zone. Shane Long, who came on for Ings, is expected to get the nod as the lone striker, although Charlie Austin is available again having made a late appearance off the bench at Burnley.

Ryan Bertrand is nearing full fitness after a back operation, Maya Yoshida is back from the Asian Cup and captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also returns after a concussion.

The Saints find themselves just two points in front of fellow relegation battlers Cardiff ahead of Saturday's match at St Mary's Stadium.

Only two points separate the sides after the past weekend that saw Cardiff win and the Saints drop two points at death versus Burnley.

Warnock could name an unchanged team, although Victor Camarasa - whose wonder strike at Leicester secured Cardiff's only away win - could be ready to return after a muscle complaint.

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Southampton rank eighth in the Premier League form table since Hasenhuttl took charge (W4 D3 L3), behind only the big six and Wolves.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Danny Ings of Southampton receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on February 2, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

The Liverpool loanee scored seven goals in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign despite being sidelined for a month in mid-November due to a hamstring problem. Their goals scored averages 1.4 per game compared to 0.87 under Mark Hughes. So, if they can replicate that performance they have a decent shot at winning this match.

He's an experienced leader that has proven to be a consistent performer at St Mary's in recent times and can improve the team.

Having completed the set against Bournemouth last weekend, Cardiff could record back-to-back top-flight victories for the first time since 1962.

They're not safe yet - but they do appear to be on the right road.

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