Saints’ beleaguered defence will receive a much-needed boost for tomorrow’s trip to West Ham, with Nathaniel Clyne likely to come back into the starting line-up.
The right-back, right, missed the club’s last game, a 2-2 draw with Fulham prior to the international break, after suffering a dead leg in the 3-1 defeat at Everton a week previously.
Saints have conceded 20 goals already this season in just seven Premier League games – easily the worst in the top flight – but Clyne has arguably been the brightest spot in defence.
The 21-year-old returned to training this week and the club are hopeful he will play at Upton Park tomorrow, as they bid to earn a first clean sheet of the league campaign.
His return would certainly be a timely one, as Saints must contend with the threat of West Ham’s record signing, £10m winger Matt Jarvis.
The former Wolves man operates mainly down the left-hand side and is likely to be the main source of supply for on-loan Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll.
Maya Yoshida played most of the game against Fulham in that role, after Richardson was forced off with a thigh problem in the early stages.
However, the Japan international struggled there, and is expected to revert back to centre-half alongside Jose Fonte, with Jos Hooiveld on the bench.
Should Clyne slot back in on the right-hand-side, Fox is likely to continue on the left.
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