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Thursday 14 December 2017

Djuricic debut on the cards as for Saints as Ronald Koeman lacks options

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is not preoccupied with finishing in the top four
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is not preoccupied with finishing in the top four

An already difficult clash with West Ham has been made all the tougher for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman (pictured)by a string of absentees.

Things look rosy on the south coast right now, with Saturday's last-gasp win at QPR propelling them back to the third in the standings. It means Saints have won six of their last eight league matches - a feat made all the more impressive by the number of key players they have had to cope with over that period.

Tonight's visit of West Ham is no different for manager Koeman, who is without Shane Long, Jay Rodriguez, Ryan Bertrand, Matthew Targett and Lloyd Isgrove through injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin will be assessed ahead of the match, while the Saints boss confirmed Emmanuel Mayuka's season is over with groin injury sustained on African Nations Cup duty with Zambia.

That lengthy list of absentees means Filip Djuricic, a deadline-day loan acquisition from Benfica, could make his Saints debut.

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