Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal has returned to pre-season training following his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Morocco international represented his country at this summer’s tournament after playing for Celta Vigo on loan during the 2018/19 season.
Boufal was sent out on a temporary basis after a falling out with previous Saints boss Mark Hughes towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign but has now returned to the club.
The 25-year-old is a part of the divided squad that is working in Dublin this week, with the other half led by Ralph Hasenhuttl in Macau, where Southampton will take on Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.
A training gallery uploaded by the Saints on Twitter displayed Boufal, all smiles, as he was put through his paces.
Twitter: Straight down to business in Dublin! #saintsfc
https://t.co/wzId4vNZsW https://t.co/YpEHQMi8mn (@SouthamptonFC)
Whether or not he will be playing his football at St Mary’s Stadium next season remains to be seen, but he was seemingly hard at work upon his return to the club.
Other Saints players who have a point to prove
Hoedt is another who spent some time at Celta Vigo last season, and he will be hoping to prove his worth.
Cedric is back at Southampton, and he could provide Yan Valery with competition next season.
McCarthy will hope to show his qualities to usurp Angus Gunn in the Southampton goal.
Sims will be hoping that the arrival of Moussa Djenepo this summer does not limit his game time.
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