Southampton duo Wesley Hoedt and Cedric Soares look to have been given a second chance by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, according to the Daily Echo.

The pair were frozen out last season under the Austrian and spent time out on loan during the second half of the campaign but it appears the Saints boss is prepared to wipe the slate clean as both have been included in the pre-season training camp in Austria.

Hoedt, who cost Southampton £15million two years ago, found himself out of the team and packed off on loan along with teammate Sofiane Boufal to Celta Vigo.

But the Dutch defender could not have got off to a worse start in Spain after being sent off on his debut for two bookable offences and only featured nine more times for the La Liga side.

Many suspected the centre-back would be leaving the Saints this summer but he has reported back for duty in excellent shape and Hasenhuttl is prepared to give the Netherlands international a second chance.

Soares lost his place in the Southampton starting XI to youngster Yan Valery in November and was allowed to join Inter Milan in January on loan for the rest of the season.

The Portugal international, who was part of the squad that won the European Championships in 2016, made just nine outings for Inter and the Serie A side passed on the option of making the move permanent.

The right-back has made 118 appearances for the Saints since joining in a £4.7m deal from Sporting Lisbon in June 2015 and has been welcomed back into the fold by his manager and teammates.

So far this summer, Southampton have brought in Che Adams from Birmingham City, Moussa Djenpo from Standard Liege and turned the loan for Liverpool’s Danny Ings into a permanent move.

The Saints avoided relegation last season under Hasenhuttl and they begin the new campaign away at Burnley on August 10.


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