Filip Djuricic set to make Southampton debut

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Serbian loan star Filip Djuricic will make the bench ahead of a debut against West Ham tomorrow, according to the Saints' official website.

Having missed the weekend fixture at QPR as his work permit had not arrived in time, clearance has now been granted for Djuricic to join his new side.

With a string of injury problems ahead of the Hammers visit, the Dutch manager confirmed the Benfica-loanee will be in the squad despite a lack of time with his new team mates.

Injury problems

The Saints manager confirmed that as well as long term absentees Jay Rodriguez and to some extent Shane Long, he would also be without Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett on Wednesday night.

Morgan Schneiderlin is also a doubt after a reaction to his 30 minute cameo on Saturday at Loftus Road whilst Emmanuel Mayuka and Lloyd Isgrove are also missing.

That has left the Southampton boss with 14-15 first team players to choose from with the rest of the squad being made up of the club’s under-21 players.

Djuricic chance

That will allow Djuricic, who has only had one training session with his new team mates due to a work permit delay, to form part of the squad straight away.

With a number of key first team players out, it seems the 23-year-old will also feature at some point in the second half of the match at St. Mary’s.

The new man is likely to be joined on the substitutes bench by international team mate Dusan Tadic who has seen his place slip due to the impressive performances of Sadio Mane and Eljero Elia.

Buoyant mood

The Saints though will be in a buoyant mood after Mane’s 92nd minute winner at the weekend propelled them to third in the Premier League table.

With Victor Wanyama returning from injury on the weekend and Mane and Elia impressing on the wings, the Saints will still have a spring in their step, despite their torrid injury list.

A victory over Sam Allardyce’s side might be even more vital after tonight’s Premier league fixtures which could see the Saints drop out of the top four if Arsenal and Tottenham win by a big enough margin.

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