Key Saints quartet set for Foxes outing

Charlie Austin, Jose Fonte, Steven Davis and Ryan Bertrand are set to return for Southampton’s trip to Leicester on Sunday.

Southampton: Key Saints quartet set for Foxes outingSouthampton: Key Saints quartet set for Foxes outing

Saints boss Claude Puel rested the influential quartet for Thursday night’s 0-0 draw away at Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League Group K clash.

The French tactician argued that he had to keep some key performers out of the trip in order to avoid burn-out going back into the Premier League, especially with a trip to the reigning champions Leicester coming up so quickly.

Puel said: “It was important to take some players to keep fresh for a game in two days. Israel is very hard, it’s a long journey, a difficult opponent.”

Club-record signing Sofiane Boufal continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, and the Morocco midfielder could make a belated debut after the international break, while right-back Jeremy Pied is a long-term knee injury absentee.

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