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Pochettino: Yoshida not injured

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Maya Yoshida’s recent exclusion from the squad is not down to injury.

The 25-year-old was a key figure in the Premier League outfit’s backline last season, starting 31 league matches, but failed to make the bench for his side’s 0-0 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

But Pochettino has explained that the Japanese centre-back’s absence was down to the form of his fellow defenders, rather than any niggles picked up during the international break.

“We have four centre-halfs, we have four defenders, it is also clear that Maya was the last one that arrived during the pre-season,” he said.

“He had a really tough pre-season, especially at the beginning. Nonetheless, there is four central defenders and only two can play so I have to make those decisions.

“At the moment, (Dejan) Lovren and (Jose) Fonte are playing, so that’s basically it. It doesn’t have to be that there is a problem with Maya, there is no problem with Maya Yoshida.”

Yoshida’s sole appearance for Southampton this term came in the 5-1 League Cup victory over Barnsley at the end of August.

However, the former VVV-Venlo star played 90 minutes in both of Japan’s recent friendly wins over Guatemala and Ghana.

Mon 16 Sep, 2013
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