Premier League strugglers Southampton face a big test away to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, and they will be without a number of important men for the contest.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has overseen a lift in form for the Saints since his arrival, but the Hampshire outfit remain in the relegation zone, and are in need of a victory over the club who have their former manager Claude Puel in charge.

Southampton head into the match off the back of a creditable 2-2 draw against Derby County in the FA Cup last weekend, and a result at the King Power Stadium will set them up nicely for the replay on Wednesday evening.

The Saints are likely to head into battle without some key men, with as many as four attackers expected to be on the sidelines.

One man who will definitely be missing for Southampton is forward Charlie Austin. He begins a ban after being punished for making a gesture towards the Manchester City supporters at the end of last year.

He will be joined by Saints captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who remains suspended for the Foxes encounter, after his red card in that match against the Premier League champions.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Southampton will have to do without Danny Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Michael Obafemi for the trip to Leicester as all three are out injured. Sam Gallagher is another who is expected to miss out with injury.

The Saints boss was asked about the defender in the lead up to the match, and informed everyone about his status, and that of the three forwards.

“Not for the Leicester game, it’s far too early,” the Southampton official website quote him as saying about Bertrand.

“He is training fit, but not match fit. It will take time.

“Michael Obafemi is going to take longer than we first thought, it’s a tendon injury. That isn’t good for us because we could use his speed.

“Danny Ings can be an option for the Everton game, I hope so. Sam Gallagher is also back on the pitch, he’s had two sessions now. He looks good, which is good news.”


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