Southampton are boosted by the return of striker Che Adams and Mohammed Salisu for their home clash with Brentford (Southampton 11/10, draw 12/5, Brentford 11/4 – Match Betting) in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Saints forward Adams has been isolating after returning a positive coronavirus test but is now available again, while Salisu returns to contention after serving his suspension.
However, Thierry Small and Kyle Walker-Peters remain out, Yan Valery is suspended and Tino Livramento is still unavailable through a knee injury so boss Ralph Hasenhuttl (pictured) has a lack of options at right-back for the visit of the Bees.
The Saints manager said: “We’ll find a squad that is able to compete on Tuesday night in front of our crowd. For the right-back position we’ll have to have a look, but we’ll find a solution.”
Hasenhuttl’s side can move above Tuesday’s opponents with a victory at St Mary’s as they take on Thomas Frank’s men, who are two points and two places better off before kick-off in 12th.
Frank is set to have Sergi Canos and Mathias Jensen available again after injury but Josh Dasilva, Tariqe Fosu, Charlie Goode, Rico Henry, Mathias Jorgensen and David Raya remain out on their lengthy absentee list, while Frank Onyeka is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Bees boss thinks Saints will be a tough test for his side but, as usual, he’s approaching the trip to the south coast with a positive mindset.
He said: “Southampton are a very good team; they are very well-drilled and difficult to play against because they come with that intensity. They maybe weren’t in the best form but the last five or six games they look very sharp.
“The intensity is back in their pressure and the structure is bang on. Both teams will press high; it will be the team who pick up that second ball and has that final quality who will win the game. We will do our best to go there and win it, but it will be tough.”