Southampton gave huge boost ahead of Premier League game with Manchester United

Southampton have received a huge selection boost ahead of their Premier League game against Manchester United on February 12.

Highly rated teenager Tino Livramento has returned to training after missing several games for each side on New Year’s Eve with a meniscus (knee) injury.

Enjoying a breakthrough season with the Saints, the right-back has been one of their best performers – earning plenty of plaudits along the way.

Livramento, 19, has been out for five matches in all competitions – including the draw against Manchester City – but is back in full contact training for Southampton ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie with Championship side Coventry on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

United are the first to play in the world-renowned competition against Middlesbrough tonight.

After that, Ralf Rangnick and his team are set for a Premier League double-header which includes a meeting with Southampton on Saturday February 12 at Old Trafford (12.30pm).

Between those two matches there is a short trip to Burnley on Tuesday night.

Southampton will also face Tottenham in midweek, giving Livramento plenty of chances for the opening minutes before a potential comeback against the Old Trafford giants in eight days.

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Will Smallbone (calf) is also on the comeback trail.

Talking about Livramento at HampshireLive last month, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “It will still take a little [of time] then until he is fit, but I don’t think it will take too long now until he can come back.

“The same with Will. We know it was a serious muscle injury but, in the end, it will be the same.”

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