Mario Lemina has expressed his eagerness to get back to helping Southampton return to where they should be in the Premier League after a season of battling relegation.

The 25-year-old has been sidelined since Southampton’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at St. Mary’s in the final game of 2018, but returned against Newcastle United at the weekend.

Speaking to the club’s official website after full-time, he expressed how he is itching to help the Saints finish the campaign strongly.

I was really happy to be part of this game because I have not played since December, which is really frustrating. The manager has come and I only played two games with him. I have seen other players doing well and step up their level. I was on my own trying to come back – now I am back, I will try to help the team get to 40 points. In the end, I am really happy to be back on the team. I need to work really hard to be part of the last four games.

It also finished in a 3-1 loss at St. James’ Park, but Lemina scored a cracking goal which sparked excitement about his return amongst the fanbase.

Hasenhuttl has found a favoured midfield three of Oriol Romeu, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and James Ward-Prowse, but the former Juventus man is certainly good enough to enter the picture straight away.

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