Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has reported a fully fit squad is at his disposal when he takes his side to face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, according to their official website.

The Saints manager will be pleased to have everyone available after a tough start to the season, and he will be looking for his team to pick up their first points of the campaign against the Seagulls.

Southampton have been to Burnley and been well beaten this term, and then they came out on the wrong side of the clash against Liverpool last weekend, when they might have felt that on a different day they could have got something from that game.

Missed chances were the root of the problem against the Reds, and with Brighton offering a more potent look about them under their new boss Graham Potter, a lack of ruthlessness could cost the Saints again, so they will be out to ensure that doesn’t happen.

After offering up a good deal of optimism ahead of the new campaign, with some eye catching signings and a manager with a clear direction that he wants to go in, that enthusiasm has dampened a little with the start Southampton have made, and they will want to turn that around as quickly as possible.

Hasenhuttl was made to do without goalkeeper Alex McCarthy last week due to an injury, which meant that Saints had Fraser Forster on the bench, but the stopper is back to take his place in the 18 against the Seagulls.

Danny Ings came on against Liverpool last week and found the back of the net, albeit in somewhat fortunate circumstances, but he is pushing for a place in the starting XI, as Southampton make the relatively short trip to take on the Sussex outfit on Saturday.


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