DANNY Ings took another step towards being fully fit after playing for Saints in a behind-closed-doors friendly today.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team won 3-2 against Championship side QPR, with Charlie Austin, Sam Gallagher and Jake Vokins bagging the goals.

Ings, who hasn’t played since the beginning of February, managed to get 45 minutes of game-time under his belt.

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The striker was forced to limp off the pitch during the 1-1 draw with Burnley in the first half with a hamstring injury.

His fitness was touch and go for the recent Tottenham match, but Saints opted to play it safe and not risk another setback.

Hasenhuttl’s side were due to play Bristol City behind-closed-doors last Friday, however, the game was unable to go ahead.

Saints’ boss also used the friendly with QPR to take a closer look at Fraser Forster.

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Like Ings, the goalkeeper played for 45 minutes before Hasenhuttl made a host of changes at half time.

The Austrian deployed a number of youngsters in the second half as he looks to continue their pathway into the first team.