Puel tight – lipped on Fonte

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Southampton boss Claude Puel refused to be drawn on why captain Jose Fonte was missing from the squad at Carrow Road as Norwich scored an injury-time equaliser to seal an FA Cup third-round replay.

Portugal defender Fonte was left out of the third-round clash completely after it was revealed earlier in the week the 33-year-old has asked to leave St Mary’s.

“I think (executive director) Les Reed gave an interview about the situation, I have no comment,” he said.

“I respect the possibility for Jose to see any opportunities in the window.”

Pushed on why he had omitted Fonte from his squad, the Frenchman replied: “I don’t want to give a reason, just to understand the situation with the player and questions about his future.”

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