The manager of Southampton, Ralph Hasenhüttl, has hinted Ghana international defender, Mohammed Salisu, could make the matchday squad for the first time since joining the club.
The 21-year-old centre-back signed for the Saints from Real Valladolid in August, but has had to be patient for his first appearance, as he builds his fitness up after injury.
While there was no guarantee from Hasenhüttl that he would be involved, he explained Salisu had made good progress and could be considered alongside the potential returns of Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond.
“Ings and Reddy are starting to train now and this week will be part of the sessions and then we will have a look how competitive they are,” he said, as quoted by the club’s website.
“Sali is also a step further forward in his development, so we have a few more alternatives in the future and this is good.
“All of these players, it is possible they are in the squad on Monday. We will have a look for whom it is possible and for whom it is too early.
“Now is the busiest time of the year, and in the beginning of this time we seem to have everybody back and fit in the team and we need everybody now, this is for sure, because now becomes a busy time.”
Southampton will play as guests to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Monday, December 7, 2020.
Ghanaians will be hopeful Salisu, who still does not have an international cap for Ghana, makes his bow for the English side.