Lovren has been a revelation at St. Mary's.
Lovren has been a revelation at St. Mary's..

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DF: Dejan Lovren

Southampton have enjoyed an impressive 2013/14 campaign so far, with Mauricio Pochettino's managerial stock continuing to rise considerably.

At the heart of such an encouraging season has been Lovren, the Croatian international centre-back who joined the Saints from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon last summer.

Although the 24-year-old has been out of action with damaged ankle ligaments for much of 2014, he returned to the substitute's bench for Saturday's disappointing 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Southampton supporters will be hopeful he is capable of being restored to the starting lineup as soon as possible.

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