Southampton caretaker manager Dean Wilkins will be without Adam Lallana for the visit of Rochdale as he is preparing to undergo surgery on a knee injury.

Lallana had a scan during the week on his knee problem and is set to be ruled out for up to six weeks after the Saints medical staff confirmed the 22-year-old needed an operation.

As a result, new Brazilian signing Guly do Prado is set to keep his place in the Saints' starting XI.

Wilkins will also be without Lee Barnard who is suspended for the clash.

Barnard was dismissed in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Swindon and faces a three-match ban.

Lee Holmes (groin) is back in training alongside Frazer Richardson (shoulder), but both are some way off from a return to action.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill is boosted by the return of midfielder Jason Kennedy.

Dale won 3-1 at Brentford last weekend but Kennedy saw red for a second yellow following his goal celebrations and was banned for the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy defeat to Port Vale in midweek.

Winger Joe Thompson returned to the starting line-up at Vale Park after a bout of illness and there are fresh injury or suspension concerns for Hill.

Highly-rated defender Craig Dawson joined West Brom for an undisclosed fee this week but will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Spotland.

The 20-year-old has opted to join the Baggies on a three-year deal with a further year's option in West Brom's favour.

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