Pochettino uncertain on possibility of Osvaldo return

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Southampton's Argentine boss admits that he may have to sell Osvaldo for the benefit of the team dressing room.

Dani Osvaldo's attack on Jose Fonte has left Mauricio Pochettino confused about what he describes as a "not very nice" situation at the club.

It was suggested that after last Wednesday's incident at the club's Staplewood training complex, that the first team squad were not willing to welcome Osvaldo back into the fold in light of recent events.

Speaking after Saturday's win over Yeovil Town, club captain Kelvin Davis sternly emphasised that troublemakers "are not welcome" at Southampton and would be better served by leaving the club.

Osvaldo is currently serving a two-week suspension that has been enforced by Southampton, after a head-butt on Fonte, before punches were thrown on the training pitch.

No action will be taken against Fonte, who has been adjudged to be the innocent party.

Since joining Southampton, the volatile Italian has scored three goals in thirteen appearances for the side.

In December, Osvaldo was handed a three-game ban and a £40,000 fine for violent conduct towards Newcastle United goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman.

Osvaldo's former Espanyol boss, Pochettino, admits that his primary concern must be that he makes the right decision for Southampton Football Club, rather than any individual, be it himself or Osvaldo.

"It is clear it is not a nice situation. I have to look for what is better for our club, to look forward," Pochettino commented.

When quizzed on what the best outcome would be for the club, Pochettino was not ashamed in admitting "We don’t know", a sign that judgement is yet to be cast on Osvaldo's future with the Saints.

If Osvaldo was to exit St. Mary's before Friday's 11pm deadline, Southampton have been linked with a move for Sampdoria striker Eder.

Interest is expected before the deadline, with Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Juventus all considering moves for Osvaldo.

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