Southampton head to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in their first Premier League match since their 9-0 mauling by Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, and boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he has a decision to make ahead of the game.

The Saints will at least be familiar with some of their opponents, as they only faced the Citizens as recently as Tuesday evening, when they were beaten 3-1 in the Carabao Cup.

Southampton are likely to be devoid of confidence heading back up the M6 to the Etihad, so Hasenhuttl has a real job on his hands just to make his side competitive, before he even thinks about trying to find a way they can win the game.

Although the Saints are in a rut at the minute, and were beaten by City in midweek, there was a positive to come out of that loss, which was the performance of stopper Alex McCarthy, and the Austrian has declared he has a decision to make as to who will be between the sticks on Saturday.

“Alex [McCarthy] made a good job on Tuesday, his body language was good. I haven’t decided who will play in goal yet.” The Southampton official website quotes him as saying.

Elsewhere, the Saints boss provided an update on four members of his squad, two of whom will be available for him at the Etihad in Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond.

“Sofiane [Boufal] had a slight problem with his knee after the midweek game and Reddie [Nathan Redmond] also, but they are okay and are both options for the weekend.”

Although Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares are now back in training, the match will come too soon for the Southampton pair, according to their manager.

“They trained today, the first time with the team. This is positive. Moussa was very very positive, immediately laughing on the pitch. He has such a positive nature, it’s fantastic.

“I’m happy that they are both back. It’s probably a little bit too early for the weekend because today was only a light session. But the game after they are an option, yes.”


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