Southampton's forgotten man, Tadanari Lee, is set to make his first start for the club since October 2012 against Bristol City tonight.

The Saints face Bristol City in a Capital One Cup clash tonight at St Mary's, and Lee is set to start in attack, according to the Daily Echo.

Despite last starting for the club back in October last year, his last substitute appearance was in a FA Cup game back in January.

The Japanese international looked set to leave the south-coast club in the transfer window, but Emanuel Mayuka's loan departure forced Mauricio Pochettino to keep him in reserve. 

The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries since his move to England, but he played 90 minutes for the under-21s on Saturday. This put himself in contention for tonight’s Capital One Cup third round clash.

Pochettino commented: “We just have to think again of the Capital One Cup game coming up on Tuesday and then Crystal Palace at home next Saturday.

“It’s not going to be worth anything if we start thinking ahead of ourselves.

“We have to keep on developing that winning mentality and that comes down to the manager and I need to be able to do that.”

In the second round win over Barnsley, Pochettino used squad rotation to help keep his fringe players happy.

It's likely that Kelvin Davis, Jos Hoiveld, Maya Yoshida, Jack Cork and Gaston Ramirez will all feature too.

As for Lee, this could be his chance to impress and stake his claims for a place in a Saints side that are struggling for goals so far this season.

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