Mark Hughes has revealed that deadline day recruit Danny Ings is firmly in contention for a homecoming return to St Mary’s on Sunday.
Saints kick off their Premier League campaign against Burnley and the Welshman is hopeful that Southampton-born Ings will feature for his new club, just days after securing an initial loan move from Liverpool.
“Danny is available and we’ll have a look at him in the next couple of days,” Hughes said.
“Clearly there’s great enthusiasm from him and he wants to be a part of the opening game. He’s fit and well and has trained and had gametime in pre-season. We’ll see how he goes but he’s certainly an option for me.”
In an otherwise fully fit 25-man squad, Hughes also provided an update on the fitness of Cédric who may also be ready in time for this weekend following illness.
“Cedric has been back since Monday. He was poorly last week and he looks okay now; he’s a fit guy anyway and has been to the World Cup of course. If he’s fit and I think he’s right and ready, it won’t be a problem for him to play.
“He will be honest with himself and us about how he feels and we will have that conversation nearer the time but as it stands, he’s certainly an option for us too for the weekend.
“I’ve got a fully fit squad of 25 players who are all ready to go, as it should be.”