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Southampton missing several key men for West Ham

Southampton will be without a host of key players for Wednesday's Premier League clash with West Ham, although deadline-day signing Filip Djuricic is available to make his debut.

Djuricic is poised to make his Southampton debut. Credit: PA

Djuricic will be part of the squad after securing a work permit following his loan move from Benfica, but Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Shane Long (ribs) and Jay Rodriguez (knee) remain out.

Ryan Bertrand (suspension) and Matthew Targett (head) are absent so Maya Yoshida will deputise at left-back, while Emmanuel Mayuka is set to undergo surgery on a groin injury. Lloyd Isgrove is also absent and Morgan Schneiderlin is a doubt.

Southampton squad: Forster, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Gardos, Fonte, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Flannigan, Wanyama, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Hesketh, Tadic, Djuricic, Mane, Elia, Seager, Pelle.

Sandro and Taarabt to feature for QPR v Southampton

QPR midfielder Sandro could return for Chris Ramsey's first game in temporary charge against Southampton on Saturday.

Taarabt could be drafted into QPR's starting line-up. Credit: PA

Sandro is still regaining fitness but has recovered from a knee problem that has kept the midfielder out since November 22. Alejandro Faurlin remains sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury.

Ramsey may also reintroduce Adel Taarabt to the first team. The Moroccan forward was not considered fit enough to play by Harry Redknapp, who resigned as manager on Tuesday.

QPR squad: Green, McCarthy, Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun, Ferdinand, Hill, Onuoha, Kranjcar, Henry, Sandro, Barton, Fer, Phillips, Hoilett, Taarabt, Vargas, Zamora, Zarate, Austin.

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Southampton welcome back key players for QPR trip

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will welcome back influential midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama for Saturday's trip to QPR.

Schneiderlin and Wanyama return to Southampton's squad. Credit: PA

Both have been missing through injury but Schneiderlin has recovered from an adductor problem whilst Wanyama is fit after suffering with hamstring trouble and the duo have given Champions League hopefuls Saints a timely fitness boost.

Loan signing Filip Djuricic will not play as he is awaiting a work permit, Shane Long (ribs) is unlikely to feature and Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) is still a week away with Jay Rodriguez (knee) a long-term absentee.

Southampton squad: Forster, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Bertrand, Targett, Yoshida, Gardos, Fonte, McCarthy, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Wanyama, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Hesketh, Tadic, Mane, Isgrove, Elia, Mayuka, Seager, Pelle.

Southampton complete deal for Serbian midfielder

Southampton have completed the transfer of Serbian attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic on loan from Benfica, the club has announced.

Djuricic has spent the first half of this season on loan at German club Mainz, where he made 11 Bundesliga appearances.

The 23 year-old has represented Serbia 19 times, scoring four goals, and Southampton have the option of bringing him to the club on a permanent basis in the summer.

Starting line-ups: Southampton v Swansea

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