Assistant first team coach Kelvin Davis has confirmed that Saints must manage a handful of potential absentees on the field for their Premier League trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Missing out are likely to be young striker Michael Obafemi who limped out of his first top-flight start with a hamstring injury and Mario Lemina who will serve a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season at St Mary’s on Saturday.
“We’ve got some bumps and bruises,” he said. “Obviously we’ve got a suspension (for Mario) as well. I haven’t completely gone through the body count but Michael left the pitch not in a great state on Saturday so we’ll be working on him over the next couple of days."
The likes of Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett and Danny Ings also look set to remain significant doubts ahead of the midweek meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“We’re working on Ryan, Matt and Danny daily. We had a brief update from the physios today, we’re hopeful but by no means will they be at 100 per cent so we’ll have to make a decision on that late in the day. I don’t expect to have a full squad available.”
Davis - who will take charge of the team at the national stadium after the club’s decision to part ways with Mark Hughes - has called on those who are fit and available to wear the shirt with pride against Spurs.
“I’m expecting the players to be committed; I want everyone - as a Southampton man myself - to be mindful that when you have that badge on your chest, you must give 100 per cent. Hopefully that’s something that can rub off on the guys in the next couple of days."