Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that Maya Yoshida’s return from the Asian Cup has given him a selection “problem”, as reported on the Daily Echo.

The centre-back was on international duty with Japan, with his last match for the Saints coming on 2nd January against Chelsea.

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Yoshida’s Japan lost in the final of the Asian Cup to Qatar and he is now back with the club for the remainder of the season.

The Saints have been impressive in defence in recent weeks and are still undefeated in 2019, so Hasenhuttl is set to stick with the same formula that has worked in Yoshida’s absence. 

He said:

I have a problem now. Maya Yoshida is back and when he left the last game he played was a zero-zero against Chelsea, the only clean sheet since I’ve been here. 

It’s a good signal for the team if a player comes back and the team works very good that he’s not automatically back in the team. 

Maya knows at the moment I don’t want to change the back five as Jack [Stephens] did a fantastic job last week so it’s normal he will play now. But I’m happy Maya’s back as you know.

Cardiff will be the latest visitors to the St Mary’s tomorrow afternoon in what could prove to be a decisive game at the bottom end of the table. 

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