Claude Puel has no fresh injury concerns for the clash with Arsenal, and has revealed that Charlie Austin and Matt Targett could both be close to a first-team return.
The Saints boss will monitor his players for signs of fatigue ahead of Wednesday night’s game, following Sunday’s hard-fought 0-0 draw at Liverpool, but it is generally positive news on the fitness front.
Austin and Targett both returned to action with the Under-23s at Manchester City last Friday night and Puel says he will have no hesitation including them between now and the end of the season if he thinks they are ready.
“There are no new injuries,” said Puel at his pre-match press conference. “Perhaps there is a little tiredness, but we will see this over the next day or so.
"It’s interesting to see again Charlie Austin and Matt Targett starting with the Under-23s.
"They have come back and worked hard in the training sessions, but we will see if they can participate until the end of the season.
"Of course, when they have had four or five months without playing games and having the intensity and rhythm it’s always difficult, but I am happy with their work and we will see if they can play for the next games."
On Austin, Puel added: "He works very well. It’s just now to see if he can continue this work, if he can find the good physical level.
"Perhaps it will be interesting for us and for him to see him in the game. We have possibilities with Gabbiadini, Long, Rodriguez and now Charlie.
"It’s a good thing – I have a choice, but it’s important to see every time the possibility to play in a good rhythm and intensity and if I decide he can bring something for the team I will not hesitate.”