RALPH Hasenhuttl confirmed that Stuart Armstrong will be an option to play against West Ham on Saturday.

The Scottish midfielder has been out of action since the Arsenal game with a hamstring injury but has been training with the team all week.

It was also revealed that Sofiane Boufal is unable to train without an injection, which means it’s unlikely he’ll start at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Hasenhuttl said: “The good thing is that Stuart Armstrong is back in training and trained with the team for the first time. He is looking good as an option for the weekend.

“Sofiane is still not able to train without an injection because he still has a big pain in his toe.

“This will take time. In the last games, we always tried to make him fit but it’s not a perfect situation if you don’t train during the week.

“We will have a look at how we improve this issue.

“And the rest, so far, are all fit.”

Hasenhuttl explained that defender Yan Valery, who has a viral infection, won’t be fit in time to play this weekend and is unlikely to return any time soon.

This will leave Saints short at right-back, with Cedric being the only alternative first-team option.

Hasenhuttl added: “He [Valery] was out the last two weeks and will be out for longer. He has a viral infection and it takes time.”