Pellegrino's team news update

By SFC Media time Thu 14 Sep Crystal Palace v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Mauricio Pellegrino

Mauricio Pellegrino says he has no injury concerns ahead of Southampton's trip to Crystal Palace, although Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is unavailable after the birth of his daughter.

The midfielder is back home in Denmark and will be given this weekend off, ahead of a return to Staplewood Campus next week.

"The only thing that I would like to say is to congratulate Pierre Højbjerg on the birth of his daughter," said Pellegrino when asked about team news ahead of Saturday's game at Selhurst Park.

"He is the only player who is away, in his country, but the rest of the team is ok."

The Saints boss also explained that a decision will be made on Virgil van Dijk tomorrow, after he made a return to action in Monday's Under-23 game away to Aston Villa.

"Virgil was training well," said Pellegrino. "He played 90 minutes the other day in a game, but tomorrow we will decide.

"Hopefully he will be getting better every single week, but I am happy with that, because it's not about just Virgil. Everybody I think right now is ready to be part of the team."

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