By Russell Edge

14th Oct, 2017 | 9:17pm

Definitive verdict given on major injury doubt for Newcastle v Southampton

By Russell Edge

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed that he expects striker Shane Long to be fully fit for his side’s clash against Newcastle United.

The Republic of Ireland international was ruled out of his country’s final World Cup qualifier after suffering a hip injury, and was considered a major doubt for Sunday’s clash, when the Saints are set to host Rafael Benitez’s side.

However Pellegrino, who joined Southampton over the summer, has given the definitive verdict that he expects the 30-year-old to be available for selection having taken full part in the side’s training sessions.

He told the Daily Echo: “He was training today 100 per cent. He is much better. I think he will be ready.”

Long joined Southampton from Hull City back in 2014, and has gone on to make 125 appearances for the south coast club.

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In that time he has scored 25 goals for the club, as well as chipping in with a further 18 assists for his team mates, while he has 17 goals in 76 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Newcastle will have to watch out if Long does play on Sunday, as he has a decent record against them, with four goals and four assists in 15 appearances throughout his career.

The Magpies currently sit in ninth, three places and two points ahead of Sunday’s opponents, but have failed to pick up a win in their last two matches.

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