18 July 2024

Southampton: Bella-Kotchap injury 'definitely a loss for us' - BBC Sport

After getting around 100 minutes in the last two games for PSV, Southampton loanee Armel Bella-Kotchap has been sidelined with an unusual problem. As reported by Dutch publication ED, the defender will miss the weekend match “due to a painful tooth problem”. Bella-Kotchapi reportedly had a “surgical” wisdom tooth removed on Friday and will now miss PSV’s match against Almere. The centre-back was with Southampton at the start of the season and his move to the Eredivisie side was only confirmed on deadline day. This means he has only been able to play twice for the club so far. First on his league debut against NEC Nijmegen and then this week in the 4-0 Champions League defeat against Arsenal. Bella-Kotchap is one of a number of players to leave Southampton after relegation and is on loan at PSV until the end of the season. A good season in Eindhoven should be crucial to find out what happens to him next year. When he returns to St. Mary, is under contract with the Saints until 2026.

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