Fonte to miss League Cup semi-fi­nal

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SOUTHAMP­TON cap­tain Jose Fonte will miss to­mor­row’s League Cup semi-fi­nal first leg against Liver­pool af­ter hand­ing in a trans­fer re­quest last week. Man­ager Claude Puel told re­porters yes­ter­day that the Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tional de­fender would not be avail­able for the match at St Mary’s. “Jose doesn’t par­tic­i­pate in this game,” said the French­man. “We will see for the next game but, for the mo­ment and with the sit­u­a­tion of Jose, it’s im­por­tant to keep the sta­bil­ity in de­fence. “We don’t know the fu­ture for Jose. It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion with the (trans­fer) win­dow.” Puel said Southamp­ton had given the 33-year-old “the pos­si­bil­ity to study dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties,” adding that while he re­spected the player’s po­si­tion the sit­u­a­tion was prov­ing a dis­trac­tion.

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