Dani Osvaldo, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Kelvin Davis could all return for injury-hit Southampton at Cardiff on Boxing Day.
The quartet will have various injuries and ailments assessed on Christmas Eve to see whether they are able to return for the Barclays Premier League clash in south Wales.
Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida were on the bench for Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham due to slight problems, while Artur Boruc (hand), Victor Wanyama (shin) and Guly do Prado (knee) remain sidelined.
– Southampton FC spokesperson
Provisional squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Cropper, Chambers, Clyne, Shaw, Fox, Fonte, Hooiveld, Lovren, Yoshida, Cork, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Lallana, Gallagher, Osvaldo, Lambert.