Southampton's Sofiane Boufal (centre) battles with Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri (left) and Patrick van Aanholt
Thursday Apr 26, 2018. 11:44
Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal is being frozen out at Southampton following a dressing room clash with new manager Mark Hughes.
The Atlas Lions player reportedly angered Hughes by refusing to warm-up during their 3-2 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League earlier this month.
Boufal, has since been left out of the Saints’ squad for their last two matches, including last weekend’s FA Cup semifinal defeat to the Blues.
According to The Sun, the 24-year-old has been banished as a result of this clash, rather than being "ill" as the manager claimed.
Hughes is alleged to have thrown a water bottle across the St Mary's dressing room when giving the £16m signing a dressing down.