Football - Ramirez ready for Royals appointment

Southampton fans can breathe a sigh of relief after manager Nigel Adkins confirmed influential playmaker Gaston Ramirez will be involved against Reading this weekend.


The 22-year-old Uruguay international returned to his homeland earlier this week after a family member passed away, leading to growing concerns over his availability for Saturday.

Adkins allayed fears the club's record signing could miss the match, revealing Ramirez will arrive back in England on Friday morning.

"Gaston went back to Uruguay last Sunday for compassionate reasons," Adkins said.

"He is back on the training ground tomorrow morning (Friday) so we will have a good chat with him then.

"He has done a bit of training over in Uruguay so that is beneficial and I am sure he will be desperately wanting to play at the weekend.

"We'll have a good chat with him in the morning [about how he is feeling], but, knowing Gaston, he'll want to play."

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