Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed that his side will be without Mario Lemina when they host Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

The Argentine manager will be boosted though, by the return of striker Charlie Austin, who has recovered from injury to face his former club.

Lemina picked up an ankle injury prior to the match against Brighton last weekend, and remains on the sidelines when the Clarets visit St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton this weekend.

Pellegrino gave an update on the fitness of the Gabon international, when he faced the media in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“Mario continues in his treatment,” the Southampton official website quotes him as saying.

“I would expect after the international break maybe Mario can train with the team.”

The Saints boss did confirm that Austin has been back in training ahead of the contest and has been doing well.

“But Charlie is training with us, yesterday and today. He was training well, but it’s just Mario that is the only one that is out of the squad,” the Southampton chief stated.

Austin has one goal in eight appearances for the Saints this season, although all but one of those outings have been from the bench.

The return of the 28-year-old will be a boost for a Southampton side who have struggled to find the net in this campaign. They have netted just nine goals in their 10 matches so far this term.

Austin will not lack for motivation heading into the match. He faces his former club and after a stop-start period in his career, he is likely to be itching to get back on the pitch and doing what he does once again.

Despite the lack of goals, Southampton go into the contest in the top half of the table, knowing that a win would take them above their opponents heading into the international break.


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