Crikey, everyone needs to lighten up. Like a bunch of bed wetting weekends. All these references to Fraser Foster, I'm not sure if anyone has notice but he's been back playing for some time now. Let's face it, Gardos didn't look that great when fit and we can't carry passengers. My best wishes to him but worrying about jus hurt feelings is limp in the extreme. He's earning good money and won't go hungry but we have no one lined up to replace an ageing captain coming into a hard season.

BY FAR OUR BEST DEFENDER. FONTE IS RUBBISH AND VIRGIL IS MASSIVELY OVER RATED.

But then again, that might not have been their reason, might it?

The 26-year-old central defender is therefore on the sidelines and is not taking part for either Southampton or the Romanian national team, for whom he has 14 caps.

For me the worst thing about close seasons is the blasted waiting. I have learned to trust the club on transfers in and out, as those who deal with transfer issues usually get them right and in Saints' favour. One or two more incomings are due soon I think, so my summer is as usual not stressed about SFC. The only pain in the botty is all this waiting!!! Florin will be ok in a while. He seems a good player who could help Saints.

Somebody who is just doing their 'photo call' ...... en route to his next physio appointment!!!

Agreed but like you say, lets give them another season. There was a good thread the other day about returning from injury, which reminded me of Michael Svensson and how he said that the problem was the rest of the body couldn't cope with stress of playing again so other parts 'broke down.' Hopefully they can get through a good year though if managed correctly. Still think we need more CB cover.

We know that Saints are looking to bring in at least two more players, so that is an expectation. The amount of money that is spent on buying them is less important than ensuring the right players are brought in, who can help improve the depth and quality of our squad.

​Southampton's Florin Gardos has suffered a setback in his bid to recover from a long-standing knee injury.

The club are keen to have two frontline choices for every position.

The Romania international moved to St.Mary's from Steaua Bucharest for a fee thought to be in the region of £5.8m in August 2014.

However, the 27-year-old was ruled out of action for the entirety of the 2015/16 campaign after suffering a knee injury during last term's pre-season schedule.

He is missing Romania's games against Finland and the Faroe Islands this week and the 24-year-old is looking forward to a positive future with both Southampton and Romania. He posted this Tweet earlier today:

Such a shame. Gardos played so well when I saw him play away at Arsenal. I do hope he returns fit and able to be real competition for fonte and vvd in what will be a busy season.

Probably left behind in the care of the medics with the all important medical equipment he needs to use, to attain full fitness. Take another look at the picture. It's the old kit and is probably an archive photo from when he joined the club. But then you should know that, being a fan.

The centre-half underwent surgery and eight months of rehabilitation to successfully correct the problem.

Our superb medical team have over the years learned a great deal about dealing with these serious injuries and they know the importance of keeping the whole player as fit as possible, rather than concentrating only on the injured area. That gives players like Florin and JayRod the best chance of returning as players who can cope with the rigours of club football at this level.

He has unfortunately suffered some injury issues in his time at St Mary's Stadium. Gardos, who signed from Steaua Bucharest for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £6 million in August 2014, most recently suffered a serious knee injury in a pre-season friendly against Feyenoord and would be out of action until the new year.

By the time he returns to action it is likely he would have been out of action for almost a year and Southampton fans will hope he will come back strong.

Beyond that it is younger and more inexperienced players such as Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens.

Though it is understood that the problem is not too serious, Gardos was also not considered fit enough to go to Holland with the rest of Claude Puel’s squad for three games in the space of a week.

Terrible shame. I think the club need to make some hard decisions with him and JayRod if they have another season of constant injuries. Hopefully that won't be the case and they will both fully contribute to another great campaign.

At the moment they have Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk as the first choice centre half pairing, with Maya Yoshida the only back-up in the absence of Gardos.

Genuinely can't remember ever actually seeing him play for us. Is he any cop?

Bad luck gardos, The perils of a footballer. Also a risk for a club making long term commitments to players, I expect both are insured. I would feel safer with another centre have signed, we need cover/ eventual replacement of fonte.

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The Romanian now faces a battle to get himself fully ready and prepared for the start of the Premier League campaign.

...and that goes for José's EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS MEDAL, too... absolute rubbish!

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Unfortunately it looks as though Gardos may be the same as J-Rod, injury prone and the important loss of a yard of pace. Therefore the PRIORITY for Les and Claude is both a top quality CB and Striker.

I think because Gardos was not seen as soimportant to the team as JRod and FF people have not grasped that his injury is just as bad and hence career threatening, cruciate ligaments and the almost guaranteed offshoot problems are still very serious...mine was sport ending other than the gym and I was sunday league.

we are 41 million pounds up before the extra tv revenue, after selling, jumaji, pelle, mane, wanyama, thats 4,13,36 and 12 = 65 million - redmond and holjberg 10 and 12 million. so 41 million, get spending saints, I xpect to see three new players signed soon!!!

Now, can you give us the details of a business plan that entails no risk and guarantees success?

Bloody shame about Florin Gardos. I hope his luck changes for the better and he can start to become the player we know he is capable of being. I said yesterday if Les was interested in Kieran Trippier he would have done a deal when we sold Wanyama. Got to give Les some credit. We are probably looking at loan deals as well, like Calum Chambers unless Les and Claude have unearthed another gem like they did in Toby.

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Well, no doubt money has spread it's evil tentacles throughout the whole saga, but whether in a positive or negative light for either the club,or the departing managers, is something we shall probably never know; and seeing two managers walk,rather than having been sacked, sheds no light on it either way, other than it is very unusual .

I wondered where he was, so now I know

Also, rumours that they are set to swoop for Monaco striker Valere Germain are understood to be wide of the mark.

No,but it looks like Poch and Ronko,did'nt feel that this was the one,that was going to fulfil their ambitions. Maybe they both had confidence enough in their own abilities, that they decided to risk moves, rather than remain within a system, that they ( justifiably) felt, would shackle their aspirations?