Southampton take on Watford tomorrow evening (April 23) with central defender Jannik Vestergaard still an injury doubt after missing the weekend’s defeat to Newcastle United, reports the BBC.

The Denmark international was sidelined for the 3-1 loss against the Magpies and may not be risked for the trip to Vicarage Road.

Southampton could also still be without goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, defender Yan Valery and forward Michael Obafemi.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged his team to get out of the blocks quicker and avoid conceding early goals, which left them chasing the game against Newcastle.

“It will be again a very aggressive game and so we must show up from the beginning with more aggressivity against the ball and aggression if we have the ball and better transition forward and more speed in our game,” the Southampton boss told the club’s official website.

“We have to be careful that we keep performances on a high level, otherwise it is not easy to take points in this league, and we need points.”

Southampton are five points clear of the relegation zone, and with a game in hand over 18th-placed Cardiff City and Hasenhuttl knows what his side still need to do.

“Four more (points) and we get to 40 and that’s our target in the next four games.

“The sooner the better and the next chance we have on Tuesday is like a game in hand we can use to make a big step, and we should take this chance.”

Southampton are undefeated in their last three matches against Watford and have not lost at Vicarage Road since the two sides met in the Championship in September 2007.

With the battle to avoid relegation still live, Southampton will end their league campaign with matches against Bournemouth, West Ham United and Huddersfield United.


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