Southampton make the trip north to take on Burnley in a crunch Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon, and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is hoping his captain will be fit to feature for the visitors.
Saints head to Turf Moor off the back of a well-earned, but hard fought draw against Crystal Palace in midweek, and if they can pick up three points in Lancashire they will be nicely positioned to avoid the drop this term.
Hasenhuttl has had plenty of injury concerns to deal with in his time at St Mary’s Stadium, and he remains without three men against the Clarets.
There is a chance that the Saints will be without their captain, but the Austrian is hopeful that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could still feature, so long as he recovers from a blow to the head he received against Palace.
“I don’t know how Pierre is with his head, it was a hard hit,” the Southampton official website quotes him as saying ahead of the match.
“The cut is not so important, but you always have to pay attention [with those injuries].
“But he is a strong guy and I think he can handle this. Otherwise, I don’t know of any new injuries.”
That just leaves the three players who have been on the sidelines recently to miss out on the trip to Burnley. Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi will all sit out the contest as they recover from their injuries.
This will be the last match that Maya Yoshida misses for Southampton. His Japan side lost in the Asia Cup final on Friday afternoon, so by the time they are next in action the defender will have returned to the country, giving Hasenhuttl another option in his back line as he continues to attempt to guide the Saints away from danger this term.