Claude Puel has confirmed he has no new injury concerns after Wednesday’s game against Arsenal, while the Saints boss also revealed that Charlie Austin could come into his thinking for the squad that will travel to Middlesbrough this weekend.
Southampton were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at St Mary’s this week, but attention now swiftly turns to Saturday’s visit to Riverside Stadium.
Saints did not pick up any new fitness concerns against the Gunners, but with the trip to Boro marking the third game in the past seven days – ahead of another two matches next week – Puel explained he must be cautious over the condition of some of his players.
"There are no new injuries after the game,” he said. "Of course, we will see the recovery of the players after two strong games and this will be the most important thing ahead of the game against Middlesbrough.”
With Austin and Matt Targett both back in training after long-term injuries, Puel hinted they could soon be back in his matchday squad.
"We will see for Charlie and for the other players,” he said. "The most important thing is to try to have a good balance in the physical fitness of the team between some players with good game time and other players who come back just into the training sessions, like Austin, perhaps Targett or Pied – we will see.
"We have to take the good analysis about this and to try to have a team with good balance during all of the game and to give the good answer.
"I don't know at the moment the starting players for Middlesbrough. It's important to take information from their recovery."