Key Southampton star admits to his struggles with training this week

Southampton's Victor Wanyama admits it is tough to stay motivated with most of the first-team squad away on international duty.

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted to the club's official website that training is tough at the moment.

The bulk of the Saints squad are away representing their respective countries and, as a result, Wanyama has had to train with the U21s.

The Kenyan admits that it is hard to stay motivated over this period, but he is determined not to relax as he wants to keep his high standards up.

“It’s quite tough when there is just four players left behind, training is always a bit harder,” Wanyama admitted. “But we have been training with the Under-21s and it has been good.

“It’s important to keep going when you’re training with the young lads. You have to focus and remember they are learning from you so you need to give everything. It has been a good week.”

The fact that so many of Southampton's team are away on international duty is testament to how well they have performed this season.

It does make Ronald Koeman's job difficult, though, and Wanyama is right to not be allowing his standards to dip, as Southampton will be relying on him when domestic action resumes.

The Saints can ill-afford any more slip-ups this season if they are to make it into the Champions League, meaning all of their key players will need to return from the international break ready to perform.

Southampton are currently six points adrift of the top-four and will need to win the bulk of their remaining fixtures if they are to close that gap.

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