Saints will decide today whether Florin Gardos is fit enough to make his debut for the club in tomorrow’s match against West Brom.
The £6m signing, who joined from Steaua Bucharest just over a week ago, was unavailable for the trip to Liverpool because of a pre-existing hamstring injury.
Gardos is close to returning from that problem, though, and has been taking part in full training.
The centre half will be assessed after today’s session, although Saints manager Ronald Koeman insisted they will not take any risks with the 25-year-old.
He said: “Florin Gardos is training with the group, but we have to make the decision (today), can he be one of the team or not?
“We don’t take a high risk in that, because he had a hamstring four or five weeks ago.
“Yes or no, it’s difficult to take that decision. We will do that (today).”
Koeman confirmed that, if Gardos is not fit for West Brom, then he should be available for the trip to West Ham next week.
One player who will definitely not play tomorrow is Gaston Ramirez, who remains sidelined.
The Uruguayan struggled with tendinitis in his knee after returning from the World Cup, while he now has a groin issue.
“Ramirez still is not 100 per cent,” said Koeman. “(Yesterday) he didn’t train with the group, and he’s not in shape for this weekend. We hope for the next.
“It’s difficult, because every player needs continued playing and continued training to be 100 per cent.
“We took him out now, and he will start normally from Monday.”
Koeman revealed that, outside of those two players, he has no other fitness concerns.
“The rest of the boys are in a good condition for this weekend,” he said.