Steve Bruce’s Magpies haven’t got off to a strong start to their 2021-22 campaign.
On the opening day, they fell to a 2-4 home loss to West Ham United, before enduring a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa a week later.
They’re out of the Carabao Cup as well, losing on penalties to Burnley midweek.
Allan Saint-Maximin, one of Newcastle’s brightest sparks, picked up a knock against Burnley in the week and Bruce provided an injury update concerning his availability against Southampton on Saturday.
“He had a kick on the top of his foot,” Bruce said in his pre-match press conference. “It looks a little bit sore, but we expect him to be OK.”
Bruce appears confident of the Frenchman’s ability to feature against the Saints.
Defender Paul Dummett and midfielder Isaac Hayden were also thought to be fitness doubts for the Southampton game.
While Bruce is confident one of those two players will return, he believes the other isn’t 100% ready for a return just yet.
“We’ve got Dummett in and around it,” Bruce said, suggesting he is available. “[It’s] touch and go for Isaac Hayden.
“He trained a bit yesterday, but considering he was out for a good period of time last year with a knee injury, we’ll have another look at him today. Everybody else seems to be OK.”