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Southampton striker Charlie Austin must prove his fitness - Koeman

Charlie Austin (right) watches his new team Southampton. Credit: PA

Charlie Austin will need to prove his fitness before making his Southampton debut.

The 26-year-old striker had not played for QPR since mid-December due to a hamstring injury, but he had been back in training with the Hoops prior to completing his £4million switch to St Mary's on Saturday.

Austin will train with his new team-mates on Monday and his condition will be assessed ahead of Saints' trip to Manchester United next weekend.

"We'll see what his physical state is because he is just coming back from a hamstring injury," Southampton boss Ronald Koeman said.

"On Monday and Tuesday we will do tests about his fitness. Then we will know how fit the player is, whether he is close to being part of the team or if he needs more time to be 100 per cent."

Koeman insists Austin's arrival does not signal the departure of one of his other forward players, with Graziano Pelle, Shane Long and Sadio Mane having all been linked with moves away this month.

"We've brought in more competition for the strikers," the Dutchman added. "We've brought one player in but still nobody will go out."


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Koeman tells Southampton players to forget about past

Koeman wants more from his out-of-sorts players. Credit: PA

Southampton should stop living in the past and focus on climbing up the Premier League table, manager Ronald Koeman said after Saturday's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur condemned them to four defeats in five league games.

During the 2014-15 campaign, Koeman's first season at the helm, the Saints finished seventh in the league, their highest-ever finish in England's top-flight.

Koeman told the British media:

Maybe the players don't realise enough the situation of today in the club. Maybe still the players living with what they did last season and if we don't give more than 100 per cent we have a normal team.

They (the players) have to realise and that's all about the critics to them. Already in the start of the season and maybe, after how we lost the game today, and maybe if they go home and look to the table that Bournemouth won, Norwich won and maybe now (they will realise).

But it's still not too late. It's time enough to react and not react playing good football. No, react to understand what we need at this moment in the season and that's mentality. That's togetherness. That's winning my own battle on the pitch.

– Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
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