GOALKEEPER Alex McCarthy admits it will be "strange" to see Saints line up without James Ward-Prowse this weekend.

The midfielder has staggeringly featured in Saints' past 102 Premier League matches, starting every top-flight game since a trip to West Ham in May 2019.

However, having been sent off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the international break, Ward-Prowse will now face an enforced three-game absence, starting with the visit of Leeds United to St Mary's tomorrow (3pm).

"It'll be strange not seeing him out there," said McCarthy.

"He has played so many games. He is a massive part of the team.

"Whoever replaces him, whoever he (Ralph Hasenhuttl) decides to play, it will be a great opportunity to play and there is nobody who has stepped in who hasn't done really well.

"The manager rotates things a lot in training. Everyone knows exactly what their roles are in every position.

"As much as it is going to be a big miss for Prowsey, it will be a huge chance for somebody else."