Manager Rubén Sellés is looking to make the most of his squad when League Two outfit Grimsby Town visit in the Emirates FA Cup last 16 on Wednesday night.
Having named an unnamed starting XI in the last two Premier League outings, Saints’ boss has confirmed other players will be given an opportunity to impress.
Sellés said: “I have a longer squad and everybody is working hard and I’m very proud of the work they’re putting in every day, and I think it’s only fair to give everybody the opportunity to play.
“I’m also thinking we have a game again in three days. So it’s not about I’m going to play with a weak or a strong side, I’m going to play with a team that could easily start in the Premier League.
“Of course we will make some changes if you compare it to the last two games, but with the mentality to respect the FA Cup, it’s a privilege for us to be there, respect the opponent and try to be ourselves.
“I talk always, it’s a process and we are working with the process and every competition and match is important for us and the cup is no less than the league.”
Searching for a spot in the quarter-finals, two players will definitely be absent due to injury, joining Tino Livramento on the sidelines.
All the same players that we had available for the last game,” Sellés said. “Salisu and Ché are not yet ready to join us, but all the others are ready to go.”