Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed to Southampton’s official website that Kyle Walker-Peters is in contention to return from injury against West Ham United this weekend – meaning he could face another team who hoped to sign him in January.
Walker-Peters has endured a difficult start following his move to St Mary’s. He had to bide his time before making his debut in mid-February.
And his stay in the side was brief, as he missed the win over Aston Villa due to injury.
But ahead of this Saturday’s clash with the Hammers, Hasenhuttl confirmed that he is available.
“[Nathan Redmond] is still out, so it will take maybe a little longer. But Walker-Peters is back in training,” he told the club’s official website.
“He’s trained well this week. That’s one more option we have.”
David Moyes will be hoping that Walker-Peters does come back to haunt the Hammers at the London Stadium this weekend.
The Guardian reported during the January transfer window that the Irons hoped to sign the 22-year-old on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
Of course, they would ultimately miss out. And losing out has already proved slightly problematic, with Ryan Fredericks since undergoing shoulder surgery this week (via club’s official website).
It should be noted that Jeremy Ngakia was outstanding at Liverpool on Monday. So missing out on Walker-Peters may ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise for Moyes’s men.
But the Spurs-owned man will be hoping that he can produce the kind of performance that shows exactly why West Ham were reportedly keen last month.