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Southampton aim to give Moussa Djenepo a bit of cheer

RALPH HASENHUTTL hopes being back at Southampton can put a smile on Moussa Djenepo’s face again after the death of his mother.

Mali winger Djenepo (pictured) missed last weekend’s defeat at West Ham on compassionate leave but Hasenhuttl hopes the 21-year-old can feature against Newcastle tomorrow.

‘Moussa is back from the funeral for his mum,’ said the Saints boss. ‘We tried to help him as much as we can.

‘It always helps if you are on the pitch and doing what you like to do the most. That helps you not to forget but to get a little bit of deflection from what is around you at the moment.

‘I like to see him laughing and don’t like to see him when he is sad. We are all helping him to get back to the Moussa we know, because he was the most positive guy in the squad.’