Southampton boss Alan Pardew could be boosted by the return of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for the visit of Walsall.

The 20-year-old was forced to miss the goalless draw with Wycombe on Tuesday night with a knee injury but is close to regaining fitness.

However Saints are likely to once again be without striker David Connolly, who continues to struggle with a groin problem.

The veteran frontman, who has been sidelined since December, was expected to return this weekend but that now appears unlikely.

Defender Lloyd James has missed the last two games and could be on the sidelines once again.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon, who joined from Plymouth at the end of the January transfer window, is poised to make his home debut.

Rhys Weston, Jamie Vincent and Darryl Westlake are all back in full training for Walsall.

Weston has missed six of the Saddlers' seven games so far this month with a hamstring injury, while fellow defender Vincent rolled his ankle during Tuesday night's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil and right-back Westlake missed out altogether with a calf strain.

Clayton Ince dropped his second clanger in the space of three games to hand the Glovers the points at the Banks's Stadium and his position must be under threat with Rene Gilmartin waiting in the wings for his chance.

Steve Jones failed to make Chris Hutchings` matchday 18 on Tuesday as his wife was ill but he is now back in contention.

However, midfielder Dwayne Mattis remains out as he waits for a gash in his leg to heal, with the stitches due to be removed at the end of next week.

Winger Peter Till (hamstring) and striker Sam Parkin (groin) also remain on the sidelines.

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