Southampton will be without a number of their first-team players as they travel to St. James Park this weekend.
Only Morgan Schneiderlin has been declared to play a part against Newcastle whilst Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Fox, Victor Wanyama and Guly do Prado are all out.
“The only option that we are analysing still that may be on the list for Saturday's game is Morgan Schneiderlin,” Mauricio Pochettino told the Basingstoke Gazette.
"If he were to be on the list, he wouldn't be physically fit to play the full 90 minutes.
"We will make the final evaluation to see if he is able to play a few minutes on Saturday or if it is better that he stays here and keeps on training.”
The Saints face a strong Newcastle side who took three points from Old Trafford last weekend. The Hampshire side were able to end a run of three straight defeats with a point against Manchester City.
Pochettino believes the draw with City was important psychologically and restored his team’s belief after their impressive start to the season.
The manager said: “Overall, I think we have been consistent because we have been playing well, but we weren't getting the results we deserved.
"Looking back on the City game, I think we even deserved more. We deserved to get the win from that game.
"Looking ahead to the weekend, we have trained well and we're fully focused and prepared for the game ahead."
Southampton sit one position and three points behind the Magpies in the Premier League table. A win would lift them above Newcastle on goal difference and much of the credit must be given to Pochettino’s defenders, including Schneiderlin.
Despite enduring a poor run of form, the Saints have conceded the joint-fewest goals (14) this season along with Everton.
The Saints faithful will hope their side can return to winning ways tomorrow and continue to push for European football.
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