Mark Hughes has confirmed that Shane Long (toe) is the only selection issue he will face between now and Saturday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.
Hughes reported that the Irishman has not trained with the squad this week and his starting berth will likely be filled by the returning Danny Ings who was ineligible for the defeat to Liverpool due to the terms of his loan agreement.
Forward options are also set to be further boosted by Moi Elyounoussi and Manolo Gabbiadini with both set to shake off knocks in time for the trip to Molineux.
“We’ve only got a doubt on Shane Long who has got a problem with his toe again,” the Saints boss said.
“Shane hasn’t trained today or at all with the group this week. It’s not settling down as well as we would like so it needs a bit of further investigation. As it stands now he unfortunately will miss out.
"Moi and Gabbi weren’t available for Liverpool but thankfully they trained today. As long as they don’t get a reaction overnight, they should be an option for us.
"It’s a strong squad; the only negative from that situation is that you have to disappoint a lot of guys who have trained very well during the week."
Ings, Saints’ topscorer with three goals this season, is set to be warmly welcomed back into the team following a two-week spell of undisturbed work at Staplewood Campus.
“It was a loss last week without Danny, he has brought an edge to what we can offer at the top end of the pitch,” Hughes concluded. “His ball retention and ability in possession brings people into the game and you will always miss someone of his quality.
“He’s had two weeks of solid work having had a bit of a fragmented schedule beforehand. It’s been the best fortnight leading into a game that he’s had since he joined.
"The continuity of his work at the training ground is good and it’s promising to think that he’s been scoring without that so far.”