Kenyan international Victor Wanyama will not be in action for his Barclays Premier League team Southampton as he serves a five game ban for picking his third red card of the season in the game against West Ham United last weekend.
The burly Kenyan starts his suspension in the game against Swansea and ahead of the match his manager Ronald Koeman has stated that he is disappointed to be missing the midfielder, a regular starter at the team.
Koeman told the club’s official website that it will be hard for both the player and the team heading into the tough part of the season but he will be counting on the quality he has in the team to do the business.
Koeman however expects that after getting three red cards in the season, Wanyama will get his lessons and will return a better player.
“Of course we are disappointed; it is disappointing for the player himself and for the team. He is an important for the team who normally starts. He was unlucky because his intention really was to play the ball. He missed the ball and the referee took a hard decision.
-Sometimes it’s maybe better to stay on your feet, than take the risk, because if you miss the ball it can look like a tough tackle. He’s still young and he will learn from this. You need to be lucky sometimes. It will be a long time, we have to accept, like in other positions in the team, we have enough competition to replace Victor.” He said.