Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is set to miss the team’s trip to Newcastle United this weekend. 

The Saints go head to head with Rafa Benitez’s men on Saturday evening but are likely to be forced into coping without the central defender, who is a doubt for the match.

Vestergaard missed the 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on March 30 because of a groin problem but returned for the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool and the 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks. 

However, it seems he is still struggling to return to full fitness and will be assessed ahead of the clash against Newcastle. 

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Speaking to the media as he previewed Southampton’s trip to St James’ Park, Ralph Hasenhuttl discussed Vestergaard’s condition. As reported by the club’s official website, he said:

Jannik Vestergaard has a little bit of a problem and didn’t train the last two days, but today maybe he will step back in team training. Like in the last weeks, also after intense games, he had some little problems and needed a little bit longer for recovery.

It’s a long season for a huge body, and in the moment he’s struggling a little bit, but we will have a look to see if it is possible for him at the weekend.

Hasenhuttl reverted to a back-four system in the Danish defender’s absence against Brighton and could be tempted to replicate this tactical tweak against the Magpies.

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