Koeman admits £12m star could start, despite international commitments

Ronald Koeman says that Sadio Mane could start in Southampton's match against Sunderland at the weekend.

Southampton's Sadio Mane could still start in the club's game against Sunderland at the weekend.

Mane, a £12 million summer signing from Red Bull Salzburg, has been away representing his country in midweek, but Ronald Koeman has revealed that he could still be in his starting plans.

Although he has had a lot of travelling to do, after playing for Senegal, Koeman intends to see how Mane plays today in training before deciding whether to put him in his starting line-up or not.

“It’s not too late,” he said to the Southampton Daily Echo. “I have to wait and I have to speak to Sadio."

“I have to know about the training session, what he will do and what he can do after travelling, and then I will make the decision for the starting line-up.”

Mane has made a positive start to life at St. Mary's, with his pace and energy proving to be a potent outlet for his side.

Although he is yet to hit the back of the net, Mane has still managed to negotiate his way into a number of dangerous positions and also has laid on chances for his teammates on a regular basis.

The hope is that with the more games he plays, the better he will get, as he adapts to English football.

Southampton have started the campaign in fine form and if they can pick up the three points against Sunderland at the weekend, their position in the top four would look even more secure.

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