No Targett; no Bertrand - Southampton great Francis Benali jokes he's waiting for call

Former Southampton player Francis Benali has joked that he is up for a game this evening.

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has taken to Twitter to offer his services to the club in the midst of a mini selection dilemma.

With regular left-back Ryan Bertrand suspended and his replacement last weekend Matt Targett out with a head injury, Saints manager Ronald Koeman has a decision to make over who will make the starting line-up.

That said, he is unlikely to be so desperate to take the club great up on his tongue-in-cheek offer, after the 46-year-old wrote, “Southampton have no Bertrand or Targett at left-back in tonight’s match. Been sat waiting for a call from Ronald all day.”

Southampton take on West Ham United at St Mary’s this evening hoping to maintain – or possibly extend – their lead over Manchester United.

Saints are currently third in the table one point clear of United and level on points with Arsenal, who have played a game more.

Benali played 311 games for Southampton in a career that spanned 18 years, but he is likely to be waiting by the phone for a while longer, with Florin Gardos the most likely player to step in at left-back later today.

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