Southampton striker Che Adams will miss the last game of the Premier League campaign with a groin injury, but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl doesn’t expect him to put it in doubt. ‘Scotland at Euro 2020.
Along with Saints midfielder Stuart Armstrong, Adams has been named to Steve Clarke’s 26-man squad for this summer’s tournament, which kicks off against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on June 14.
Former England Under-20 international Adams scored against the Faroe Islands in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in March after pledging his future in Scotland.
Hasenhuttl said ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham: “Che cannot play this weekend because he has a small groin injury so he will be out for good.
“No (it’s not a serious issue), it’s five to ten days, so his chance for the weekend is small.
“But we didn’t take the risk because we know he has the Euros to come, which for him is a big tournament and I think it’s not a big deal for him.”
Midfielder Oriol Romeu could be involved again after speeding up his recovery from an ankle problem that required surgery and sidelining him since February.
Takumi Minamino will play the last game of his Liverpool loan.
Hasenhuttl was impressed with the contributions from the Japan international and revealed that there have been initial discussions about the 26-year-old’s future.
“He has played a very lively role in our game for the matches he has played,” said the Southampton manager.
“He did a good job here. We have given him a chance to present himself, that he is capable of competing in the Premier League.
“We’re going to see what happens this summer, what Liverpool want to do.
“There are ongoing discussions, but no decision has yet been made.”
Southampton have already moved to build their squad for next season with confirmation that a two-year ‘in principle’ deal has been reached with Theo Walcott on loan after his current contract with Everton expires in June.
Hasenhuttl know the club must continue to seek to make the most of their own local talent, with former Arsenal and England striker Walcott, 32, having climbed the ranks of the Saints.
“The goal has to be that every year a player has to make his way in the first team to play a big role in the first team, I think that has to be the goal,” Hasenhuttl said.
“If we can handle that it will be huge for a club like us, so we are really unique, in the Premier League not many teams do that. Then we built the fundamentals of goods.
“For me, Theo is the best role model because everyone sees what is possible and I love to see him work and continue to play football for this club.”