Southampton will be looking to turn their Premier League form around when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, and they will have to do it without two first choice men.
The Saints went into the international break off the back of three straight losses in the top flight, a run which has seen them drop to the fringes of the relegation zone, despite offering shoots of life earlier in the campaign.
With the likes of Everton below them expected to improve eventually, Southampton need to start finding some points again, and it would be a big help if they can do that at Molineux, against a Wolves side who are likely to be full of confidence.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has seen his men make a number of mistakes in recent games, so a turnover of players in his starting XI would not be a surprise, but he is without a couple of starters for the trip, as he confirmed in his pre-match press conference.
“The internationals are all back fit so we’re just without Moussa (Djenepo) and Cédric. Moussa has made developments and his recovery is okay, but he’s still not 100%.” The Southampton official website quotes him as saying.
“He’s on the pitch and can do a lot of things, but not everything. We are trying to rise the intensity of the sessions, but it will take time.
“He (Cédric) maybe a little bit quicker, but his calf injury takes time to heal and at the moment it’s not as quick as we thought.
“Also for him, it’s not most important that he’s back as quick as possible but the most important thing is for it not to happen again.”
Southampton have shipped nine goals in their last three matches, so Hasenhuttl won’t have had to dig too deep on what needed patching up during the international break.
All eyes will now be on the Austrian and his Saints team to see if they have managed to do that, or whether they deliver more of the same struggles at the back.