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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Long fit and ready for Southampton

Shane Long
Shane Long

Forward Shane Long will be available for Southampton in their Premier League clash against Newcastle at St Mary's Stadium tomorrow.

Long was absent from the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Wales with a hip injury, but is available for Mauricio Pellegrino when his side entertain the Magpies.

Pellegrino also revealed there were no fresh injury concerns following the international break for the visit of Rafael Benitez's side.

Meanwhile, Jamaal Lascelles and Mohamed Diame are to buy lunch for their Newcastle team-mates to make up for a training ground bust-up.

The pair found themselves in the headlines after they came to blows during the international break with Jonjo Shelvey suffering a broken finger as he intervened.

Benitez has played down the incident, but insisted he had to take no action as the players involved came up with their own remedy. The Spaniard said: "To be fair, it was a surprise. It was part of a small training game and there was a fight. Jonjo was in the middle so he was making peace and everything was fine.

"After the incident, they apologised to each other. Maybe they will buy lunch for everyone - it was Mo's idea to take the team out to lunch."

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