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TEAM NEWS: Loads of absences

On the plus side, some of them should be fresh come Boxing Day.

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Southampton looks to end their five-game losing streak tomorrow as Everton comes to visit St. Mary's. However, The Saints will be without a string of first-team members for Saturday's game.

Here's the latest team news for tomorrow's match.


Graziano Pellè, Steven Davis

Both Pellè and Davis are doubtful with muscular injuries. Pellè has cooled off in recent games after he scored eight goals in his first 10 games for the club, so a bit of break would do him a world of good (he was last substituted against Sunderland).

But considering our only other options upfront is Shane Long or Emmanuel Mayuka, let's hope the Italian is fit to play tomorrow.


Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama, and Florin Gardos

All three will miss tomorrow's game due to suspensions. In Schneiderlin and Wanyama's case it's because of yellow card accumulations, while Gardos was sent-off against Bournemouth.

Dušan Tadić, Jack Cork, Jake Hesketh, Sam Gallagher

Tadić is currently dealing with a muscular injury. Similar to Pellè, Tadić's recent form has dipped (six assists in first 10 games, none since) and he might benefit from a bit of a rest.

Cork is out with an ankle injury and is not expected to return until next month.

Youngsters Hesketh and Gallagher are out with knee injuries, and according to PhysioRoom, both could return by Boxing Day. More on these two once official confirmations is made.

All in all, these absences means that there will be opportunities for those who usually sits on the bench. Koeman is likely to hand Harrison Reed his first Premier League start, along with Lloyd Isgrove. While youngsters such as Jason McCarthy, Dominic Gape, Jake Flannigan, Sam McQueen, and Ryan Seager will also be hopeful of making the squad for the game against Everton.

So with plenty of absences, what will the starting XI looks like? Have your say in the comments below!