Mario Lemina suffers ankle injury, confirms Mauricio Pellegrino
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 27/10/17 4:08pm
Mario Lemina has sustained an ankle injury and will miss Southampton's match away to Brighton on Sunday, according to his manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Lemina has impressed since joining from Juventus in the summer, but Southampton will have to manage without him when they travel to the Amex Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 12.30pm.
Pellegrino said that Lemina suffered the injury this week, and he was unable to confirm when the Gabon international would return.
Pellegrino said: "I don't know how long he is injured for. He has an ankle injury.
"It's a profile of player that we didn't have in the squad. For this reason, we brought him, but we have players to replace him, maybe in a different way.
"When we lose the ball attacking in the final third, we improve a lot in the transition with Mario on the pitch. But every player has different qualities.
"He came from Juventus, playing Champions League. It's easier when you bring this sort of player."
One player that Pellegrino will be able to call upon is Sofiane Boufal, who scored a stunning goal to secure three points for the Saints against West Brom last weekend.
However, Boufal followed that up by deliberately celebrating in-front of his manager, apparently in a protest about his lack of game-time.
Pellegrino said he has spoken to Boufal about his celebration, but had praise for his player.
He said: "I have spoken with him. It's obviously something private.
"The only thing I can say is I am happy with his reaction on the pitch, how he was playing in the last few games.
"It's something Sofiane has to learn as a young lad - to manage this kind of reaction."
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